Rosalie Ham: The Dressmaker’s Secret


Rosalie Ham discusses her new novel The Dressmaker’s Secret, and her return to the world and characters of her bestselling debut novel The Dressmaker. With Bruno Lettieri.

It is 1953 and Melbourne society is looking forward to coronation season. Tilly Dunnage is working for a pittance in a second-rate Collins Street salon and the inhabitants of Dungatar are still out for revenge (or at least someone to foot the bill for the new high street). When Tilly’s name starts to feature in the fashion pages, the jig is up and so too her hopes of keeping her secrets hidden…

Rosalie Ham lives in Melbourne and, when she is not writing, teaches literature and addresses students and study groups on her books and writing in general. She holds a BA in Education and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. The Dressmaker is a long-standing popular presence on the VCE Literature List and the English Studies reading list, but when asked, Rosalie cites her third novel, There Should be More Dancing, as her favourite.

Bruno Lettieri founded the interview series Rotunda in the West while at Victoria University and has interviewed many acclaimed writers and thinkers, including Helen Garner, Arnold Zable, Michael Leunig and more. His love of story stems from many years as a teacher. His interviews and galleries can be found at

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    The Dressmaker's Secret is available as an eBook.
  • The Dressmaker is available in print and as an eAudiobook.
  • There Should be More Dancing is available in print.

This session is sponsored by BorrowBox.

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  • Friday, 20 November 2020 | 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


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