published: 02 Nov 2020
Rosalie Ham discusses her forthcoming 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, the grand balls and celebrations for the young queen-to-be. Tilly Dunnage is working for a pittance in a second-rate Collins Street salon. The inhabitants of Dunnage are still out for revenge (or at least someone to foot the bill for the new high street), and when Tilly's name starts to feature in the fashion pages, the jig is up. Along with Tilly's 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. Other novels include Summer at Mount Hope and The Year of the Farmer.
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 brunogoeseverywhere.com