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Butterfly on a Pin

Alannah Hill


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PUBLISHED: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9781743794258
ANNOTATION:
One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir.
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  • Paperback
    $24.08
PUBLISHED: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9781743794258
ANNOTATION:
One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir.

Annotation

One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir.

Publisher Description

'Raw and real and funny and sad - I could not put this book down' - Jane Kennedy

'You might expect fluff and fashion ... what you get is harrowing, full-strength, funny and deeply satisfying' - Zoe Foster Blake

Unflinching, funny, shocking, inspiring and tender: this is a story like no other.

Alannah Hill, one of Australia's most successful fashion designers, created an international fashion brand that defied trends with ornamental, sophisticated elegance, beads, bows and vintage florals. But growing up in a milk bar in Tasmania, Alannah's childhood was one of hardship, fear and abuse. At an early age she ran away from home with eight suitcases of costumes and a fierce determination to succeed, haunted by her mother's refrain of 'You'll never amount to anything, you can't sew, nobody likes you and you're going to end up in a shallow grave, dear!'

At the height of her success, Alannah walked the razor's edge between two identities - the 'good' Alannah and the 'mongrel bastard' Alannah. Who was the real Alannah Hill? Reprieve came in the form of a baby boy and the realisation that becoming a mother not only changes your life, but completely refurbishes it, forever.

Yet 'having it all' turned out to be another illusion. In 2013 Alannah walked away from her eponymous brand, a departure that left her coming apart at the seams. She slowly came to understand the only way she could move forward was to go back. At the heart of it all was her mother, whose loveless marriage and disappointment in life had a powerful and long-lasting effect on her daughter. It was finally time to call a truce with the past.

This extraordinary book is the fierce and intelligent account of how a freckle-faced teenage runaway metamorphosed into a trailblazer and true original.

Author Biography

Alannah Hill is a designer, author and stylist. For seventeen years she was the founder and creative director of the brand Alannah Hill, one of Australia's most iconic fashion houses. In 2013 Alannah left her eponymous brand and in 2015 launched her new fashion brand, Louise Love. Alannah lives in Melbourne with her sixteen-year-old son and her beagle dog, Jack.

Review

'Raw and real and funny and sad - I could not put this book down' - Jane Kennedy

-- Jane Kennedy 'Alannah Hill's memoir is like her fashion creations -layered, compelling and memorable.' -- Megan Miller The Herald Sun 'Hill's raw intelligence and "dark absurd, slightly berserk sense of humour" (a trait she attributes to her mother) blend in prose that chops from free-rangingly florid, to astonishingly simple, beautiful and poetic...It makes for a ripping, inspirational yarn, this story she ached so long to tell.'

-- Janice Breen Burns The Age 'a beautifully written book' -- Richard Glover ABC Radio Sydney 'The book (Butterfly On A Pin) is like a multi-layered blanket of stream of consciousness, enveloping you in its vivid tales and gallery of characters. At times it feels as if you're in a scene from Charles Dickens with urchins aplenty and unspeakable mendacity behind every door; only this is not fiction, it's incredibly real.'

-- Juliet Rieden The Australian Woman's Weekly 'Not since singer Marianne Faithfull published her bestselling, no-holds barred biography, has a high profile woman's memoir had the power to move us to laughter and tears as Butterfly on a Pin, the remarkable memoir of Australian designer Alannah Hill. Butterfly on a Pin is empowering, entertaining, and insightful. It resonates with readers both familiar and not with Alannah's fashion career, dealing with bigger subjects such as family, estrangement, self-reinvention, and the limitlessness of the imagination.' -- Jack Cameron Stanton Better Reading

Product Details

Author
Alannah Hill
Publisher
Hardie Grant Books
Year
2018
ISBN-10
1743794258
ISBN-13
9781743794258
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2018-05-01
Country of Publication
Australia
Media
Book
Pages
352
Illustrations
16-page full-colour photo section
Subtitle
A memoir of love, despair and reinvention

Product Reviews

05 Jun, 2018
Very good
By Wendy