Books By Alannah

The Handbag of Happiness (and other misunderstandings, misdemeanours and misadventures.)

The Handbag of Happiness and other misunderstandings, misdemeanours, and misadventures is a collection of rollicking, defiant, 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 shares hard-won wisdom from a career in the fashion world, (along with the fine art of stickybeaking!) Irreverent, provocative, self-depreciating and witty, Alannah tells us in er own imperfect way how she overcame adversity – and sometimes didn’t, despite her best intentions.

Extract from Cover Interview with the Sunday Age (September 2020)

‘I wanted to write an anti-self-help book. Self help books leave me feeling dreary, lightheaded and emotional! Self serving platitudes, kundalini yoga, cups of tea, medication, thinking, drugs, alcohol, lavender hue kissed candles and Belgium chocolate cease to work when we’re suffering deep inside!'

In a world full of self-help clichés, contradictory messages and new-puritan rules, Alannah opens her bejewelled handbag of happiness, showing us how being a little bit wrong can sometimes be so very, very right. 

Buy a signed copy for your rollicking, defiant girlfriend today!