Butterfly on a Pin: A memoir of love, despair and reinvention (Paperback)
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Butterfly on a Pin: A memoir of love, despair and reinvention (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 26/07/2018
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One of five children from a poverty-stricken and abusive home in rural Australia, Alannah Hill ran away from home at the age fifteen to reinvent herself as one of the country's most successful fashion designers.

Alannah fell in love, and then couldn't fall out of love; she teased her hair to cover her fear, and travelled to Tokyo, Paris, New York, and London as her fashion career started to take off. She toured with U2 and BB King, acted in the cult movie Dogs in Space, and built a fashion empire with her iconic brand, Alannah Hill. At the height of her success she also became a mother.

But it slowly began to unravel, stitch by carefully crafted stitch. With a cancer scare, the death of her mother, an acrimonious split with her business partner and the crushing end of her association with the fashion label that bears her name, Alannah found herself at rock bottom. She knew a serious reinvention was once again required and she steeled herself to revisit a past she'd buried decades earlier.

Alannah bares her soul in this brilliant memoir. Hilarious and heartbreaking, Butterfly on a Pin is not only the story of her rocky road to success, but a fiercely intelligent and funny tale of overcoming adversity and daring to dream.

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
ISBN: 9781743794258
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
Edition: Paperback


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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 *
'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 *
`a beautifully written book' -- Richard Glover * ABC Radio Sydney *
'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 *
'Alannah Hill's memoir is like her fashion creations -layered, compelling and memorable.' -- Megan Miller * The Herald Sun *
'Raw and real and funny and sad - I could not put this book down' - Jane Kennedy

-- Jane Kennedy

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“Alannah Hill, Australian fashion designer.”

I had never heard of this fashion designer until she came to my favourite Lit Fest. Even then, I chose other authors to see. Now I kind of wish I'd heard her speak.
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