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4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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'Not since singer Marianne Faithfull published her bestselling, no-holds barred biographyhas 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 2018-05-18)

'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 2018-05-01)

‘a beautifully written book’
(Richard Glover ABC Radio Sydney 2018-05-08)

'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 2018-05-19)

'Alannah Hill’s memoir is like her fashion creations —layered, compelling and memorable.'
(Megan Miller The Herald Sun 2018-05-12)

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

 
(Jane Kennedy 2018-02-21)

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'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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8644 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1743794258
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books; Paperback edition (1 May 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07BDMVLYG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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