The Handbag of Happiness (and other misunderstandings, misdemeanours and misadventures)
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The Handbag of Happiness (and other misunderstandings, misdemeanours and misadventures) is a collection of rollicking, defiant, punked-up real-life stories where self-improvement is satire and life-changing moments are found in the absurdity of our
mysterious little lives.

From The Bathing Costume of Calamity to The Apron Strings of Lament and The Brassiere of Lovelessness, Alannah Hill shares hard-won wisdom from a career in the fashion world (along with the fine art of stickybeaking). Alannah tells us, in her own imperfect way, how she overcame adversity – and sometimes didn’t, despite her best intentions.

In a world full of self-help clichés, Kundalini yoga, encounter groups, contradictory messages and new-puritan rules, Alannah flouts political correctness like never before! Irreverent, provocative, self-deprecating and witty, Alannah says what others only dare to think.

Flirting with misfortune, disaster and dire predicaments, and with philosophical moments of gothic satire and high-heeled slip-ups, she reveals the black humour in modern-day chaos. Alannah opens her bejewelled handbag of happiness and shows how being a little bit wrong can sometimes be so very, very right.

PS (contact Alannah on little.alannah@gmail.com with your dedication in your new signed copy. For example.

'Dear Mildred,

I bought you a book because you're always so miserable. Maybe Alannah can teach you something MilDRED!'

Love Tom Sawyer X

Hardback Edition

Published by Hardie Grant Books