After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave.
But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar.
Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat - the town’s only policeman, who harbours an unusual passion for fabrics - and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance.
But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.
©2000 Rosalie Ham (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I really enjoyed Rachel Griffiths reading of this novel.
The characters are very funny and the story is hilarious but somehow believable.
The ending didn't really lend itself to a sequel for the main character, but I hope to listen to something similar in the future.
It's made me want to watch the movie to see Tilly's designs brought to life. Portrays the characters with all their flaws & failings, not too many admirable qualities in the townsfolk. Not recommended as an uplifting read but very well constructed characters & a story line that begs commitment to see through.
I loved the story beautifully narrated by Rachel Griffiths who brought to life a township of characters. Her voice created images of luxurious fabrics and vivid descriptions of the Haute Couture Tilly brought to the old country town. It was brilliant!
I got sick of hearing about materials and measurements.
For me the story was boring
Nothing in particular
This is the sort of story which would appeal to heaps of people but to me it is simply inane.
May I add not nearly as infuriating as "No More Champagne". I wanted to do a review but it wasn't showing up. The constant mention of however many pounds Churchill spent was hard to listen to.... So much so I couldn't hear it to the end.
"Shame about the pronunciation...."
The book is well-written, but I had trouble figuring out precisely when it was set. The entire story takes place over perhaps a year. The main character receives the new LP of South Pacific, putting it around 1949-1950. They sing God Save the King, which puts it prior to 1953 (When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne). But then another character requests clothing styled after Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop (1956)....
I'm sure not all listeners are as picky as me, but this kind of thing became a distraction.
Rachel Griffiths does a good job capturing the essence of this story, with its Dickensian names and often hilarious incidents.
Unfortunately, given that the story is about a dressmaker, it would have been good to have a narrator who knew how to pronounce Schiaparelli, Vionnet, and (worst of all) "couture".
"Not a happy read"
It was grim. Not inspiring. No idea why they made this into a movie, I'm guessing they changed the story for the movie.
"Dark and funny"
Small country towns have secrets - some everybody knows (but don't talk about) and some only known to a few.
this was totally off my normal type of listen. but thoroughly enjoyable. you can virtually feel the heat
I loved listening to this entertaining story as I was sewing myself
I really didn't want the story to end...now I shall look forward to watching the film
"Not what I was expecting."
I can't say I didn't enjoy all of it but ... It was strange in parts
I bought on a whim as love sewing and i loved this book.
everything. I am going to let me mum listen to it or buy her the book for christmas. great read, fabulous story and hard to put down whether listening or reading./
hope the film lives up to it.
none, but id be willing to
oh yes and almost did -i had to sleep in between.
I normally listen/read to science fiction, but the characters and story really came to life for me. top book.
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