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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Alannah Hill (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Captivating

I was taking in from the first harmonic tones, I have "Mum" in my head now with her words bought to life by Alana.
Thank you for sharing your story 💕

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Whimsical, truthful and entertaining!

The marvellous, transformative and highly entertaining memoir of Alannah Hill has taken me through the journey of a “unjoined” child into the eccentric whimsical Australian Designer that we all know!
I was expecting to be interested, but felt transported, and this will be one of, if not the, favourite autobiographical book I have read.

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The most depressing audiobook

Hoping it would share insight into the highs and lows of her fascinating shot to fame and success from very humble beginnings. It’s so depressing and pessimistic, focusing in depth on her awful abusive child hood. Exhausting to listen to.

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Alannah should write more

Great book, I'm glad Alannah narrated her story I don't think it would have been half as good without her dramatics. She had a hard life and overcame so much.

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Amazing life story

I was amazed at Alannahs story. she's inspiring, courageous and resilient. thank you for telling your story.

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Love this true story.

Loved it so much that I listened to 5 hours all at once. Thanks Alannah.

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Outstanding

The best book I’ve listened to in a long time. Highly recommended. 10/10. Distinction in every respect.

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A lovely girls tale

Heartbreaking and inspirational both... there’s so much and so many layers of scorching honesty and so well read by the author... loved it! Thank you Alannah Hill... ❤️

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Wow

Truly worth penning, Alannah’s memoir gives us complete insight into the iconic designer’s mind, her hopes and torments. Her path to success is fascinating and her retreat from the spotlight now utterly understandable. Thank you Alannah for sharing your story. I recommend this to everyone who appreciated her talent.

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Honest and raw

Alannah wrote and narrated her life story so well. Her mother’s harsh and crass voice made the story so real and painful to listen to. The sad demise of such a brand and a woman , her power so frail and fragile. Incredible and memorable . Josephine

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