Butterfly on a Pin

Author: Alannah Hill

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1743585586

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 7991


'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.

Butterly on a Pin

Author: Alannah Hill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781743794258

Category: Businesswomen

Page: 325

View: 3276


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.

Butterflies through Binoculars

Author: Jeffrey Glassberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199727244

Category: Nature

Page: 385

View: 6340


This field guide offers a comprehensive display of all the magnificent butterflies of the western region, stretching from the plains of middle America to the Pacific coast, and from southwestern Canada all the way to the Hawaiian islands. Jeffrey Glassberg's acclaimed Butterflies Through Binoculars series has essentially revolutionized the way we view butterflies. Featuring an extensive array of photographs, this new volume offers expert guidance in locating, identifying, and enjoying all the butterflies of the West. In fact, together with its companion volume Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East, every type of butterfly from the continental United States is described and, in most cases, photographed. As a complement to its outstanding instruction in spotting both rare and common butterfly species, the volume also includes range maps, advice on food plants, wing areas, flight times, and a host of other butterfly facts. Moreover, each stunning photograph contains identification marks, shown clearly for ease in positive identification. From butterfly biology to butterfly conservation, this useful and practical field guide provides all the necessary information to make your butterfly experience a success. Whether you are a butterfly enthusiast, a birder, a conservationist, or a nature lover in general, this guide is the ideal accompaniment to your search for western butterflies.

What's that Butterfly?

Author: Steve Woodhall

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1431702277

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 1371


"What’s that Butterfly? makes identifying butterflies easy! Designed with the beginner in mind, the book arrnages butterflies into groups that have broadly similar appearance and habits, including groups that are difficult to identify and those that are particularly hard to track down. Readers are encouraged to become familiar with the group before trying to identify individual species. Interesting fact boxes complement the text, and attractive colour photographs illustrate each species’ appearance. A comprehensive intro duction covers common behaviour, habits and habitats of South African butterflies, as well as their life history, where and how to find them, and butterfly rearing and breeding. On its own, or in combination with a field guide, What’s that Butterfly? is a colourful, user-friendly handbook and an inspiring introduction to the butterflies of the region."

The Qing Dynasty Mysteries: Books 1-3

Author: Amanda Roberts

Publisher: Red Empress Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 700

View: 2853


Murder. Love. Duty. During the Qing Dynasty, betrayals, secrets, and lies often lead to murder. And only one man can solve the empire's most desperate cases - if he can convince the one woman he can't resist to help him. Books 1-3 of the Qing Dynasty Mysteries featuring Inspector Gong and Lady Li are now available in this exciting boxed set! Murder in the Forbidden City - Book 1 When one of the Empress’s ladies-in-waiting is killed in the Forbidden City, she orders Inspector Gong to find the killer. Unfortunately, as a man, he is forbidden from entering the Inner Court. How is he supposed to solve a murder when he cannot visit the scene of the crime or talk to the women in the victim’s life? He won’t be able to solve this crime alone. The widowed Lady Li is devastated when she finds out about the murder of her sister-in-law, who was serving as the Empress’s lady-in-waiting. She is determined to discover who killed her, even if it means assisting the rude and obnoxious Inspector Gong and going undercover in the Forbidden City. Together, will Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to find the murderer before he – or she – strikes again? Murder in the British Quarter - Book 2 When a young Chinese woman is murdered within the British Quarter of the foreign legation, Inspector Gong is ordered by the Imperial Court to solve the crime before the incident escalates into war between China and the foreign powers. The only problem? Inspector Gong doesn’t speak English. And he is hardly the type of man to be accepted by the British elite living in Peking. Once again, he must turn to the one woman who can help him. The woman he can’t stop thinking about. Lady Li is trying to forget about Inspector Gong. He’s a danger to herself, her position, and her children’s future. But when he comes once again knocking on her door and asking for her assistance in solving a case, she can’t resist, despite her better judgment. Lady Li’s language and diplomatic abilities allow her to freely enter the world of the Western visitors, but tensions between the foreigners and local people are increasing by the hour. Will Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to solve the crime without the answer leading China to war? Murder at the Peking Opera - Book 3 After helping Prince Kung avert an international disaster and negotiating with Inspector Gong's mother for his betrothal to Concubine Swan, Lady Li takes a well-deserved evening to enjoy the first public performance by a female Peking opera performer. But her relaxing night out takes a dramatic turn when a murder is committed on stage during the performance. Inspector Gong's attempt at finding a distraction from the troubles in his heart is thwarted when he and Lady Li attend the same opera performance. Thankfully, a murder in front of hundreds of people plunges him into a world usually hidden behind curtains and costumes. The empress has decreed that women can now play female roles in Peking's beloved operas. But few women have been willing to undertake the challenge and risk the wrath of the more conservative opera patrons. When the first woman willing to step into the role of the "dan" becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her co-star, Lady Li begs Inspector Gong to delay in arresting the actress and find the real killer before the woman is executed for the crime. With the future of Chinese theater hanging in the balance, Inspector Gong must try to find the truth among people who mask their real faces for a living.

Begin Again

Author: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147358986X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 233

View: 8028


*THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* 'A simply wonderful book' PHILIPPE SANDS 'Begin Again is that rare thing: an instant classic' PANKAJ MISHRA 'Incredibly moving and stirring' DIANA EVANS America is at a crossroads. Drawing insight and inspiration from Baldwin's writings, Glaude suggests we can find hope and guidance through an era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Seamlessly combining biography with history, memoir and trenchant analysis of our moment, Begin Again bears witness to the difficult truth of race in America. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a more just future. 'An essayistic marvel . . . deeply personal and yet immensely readable' SARA COLLINS, GUARDIAN 'An urgent, deeply interesting book' RACHEL COOKE, OBSERVER Winner of the Stowe Prize 2021 Shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2021

Livin' the Dreem

Author: Harry Hill

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571271251

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 2575


Harry Hill's unexpurgated diary of his year promises to do for the celebrity memoir what the Hadron Collider has done for particle acceleration. Think Samuel Pepys meets Katie Price. This frank and sometimes controversial diary details one hectic year in the eye of the showbiz storm, cut with a heavy mix of the day-to-day goings-on in Bexhill, where Harry lives at home with his mother and occasional Filipino fiance, Lay Dee. Follow the near fatal goings-on during Harry's filming of Britain's Most Dangerous Roads, his attempts to become a judge on X Factor and his struggle to meet the Welsh chanteuse Duffy at Warwick Avenue. Read of his dog's ongoing battle with the bottle, and how he is sacked from the sniffer staff at Gatwick Airport due to sexual harassment. Learn how Harry's Nan gets on in her holiday home in Iraq, her affair with the milkman and her subsequent struggle to have fun whilst living on a curfew.

Angels on the Head of a Pin

Author: Юрий Дружников,I︠U︡riĭ Druzhnikov,Yuri Druzhnikov,Unesco

Publisher: Unesco

ISBN: N.A

Category: Moscow (Russia)

Page: 576

View: 7976


The novel is set in Moscow in the late 1960s, at a time when Khrushchev-era liberalization is being threatened by the return to personality cults and repression following the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia. Yuri Druzhnikov is the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction, including the Alexander Pushkin biography Prisoner of Russia. The satirical novel Angels on the Head of a Pin sold a quarter of a million copies in its first edition and has been named one of the ten best Russian novels of the twentieth century by the University of Warsaw and the best contemporary novel in translation by UNESCO.In 2001, Yuri Druzhnikov was put forward by Poland as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Blacklisted! in his homeland for fifteen years, he emigrated to the United States in 1987 and now teaches at the University of California Davis.'Reputation, founded on serious and satirical writings, recommends him both as a talented writer and courageous humanist.' Bernard Malamud. 'A very important book, without which it is difficult to imagine contemporary literature, a book that has entered the canon of texts describing the epoch of totalitarianism.' Professor Lucjan Suchanek, Jagellonian University, Poland.

Matt Helm - The Threateners

Author: Donald Hamilton

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 178565487X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9062


A ruthless South American drug lord has a plan to bring the United States to its knees. A group of renegade American agents has plans to smash the kingpin and his cartel, by any means necessary. Caught in the middle, Matt Helm’s got to do double duty to stop them both, and to protect a woman with information both sides would kill for...