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Butterfly on a Pin : A memoir of love, despair and reinvention - Alannah Hill

Butterfly on a Pin

A memoir of love, despair and reinvention

Multi-Copy Pack Published: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 9781743794265
Number Of Pages: 432

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·This limited edition of Alannah Hill's brilliant memoir comes beautifully packaged in a specially designed box. It captures Alannah’s deep creative sensibility and love of all things romantic and feminine.

·Deluxe hardback edition, with a new text setting and a three sixteen-page photo sections full of new photographs (with detailed captions) from Alannah's personal collection and fashion campaigns

.'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 – Zoë 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.


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Butterfly on a Pin is a beautifully written memoir by Alannah Hill. I first borrowed the paperback from the library and devoured it. As soon as I saw there was a deluxe version being released, I pre ordered it and it has just arrived, today, on my birthday! It. Is. Gorgeous! A very beautiful gift and an incredibly moving and inspiring memoir. Being a misfit and creative person myself, I completely connected with Alannah's story. I love this book.




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ISBN: 9781743794265
ISBN-10: 1743794266
Audience: General
Format: Multi-Copy Pack
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st November 2018
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 16.7