TURIA Pitt’s story is resonating with people across Australia.
The Ulladulla mining engineer who survived a wildfire in the Kimberley collaborated with writer Libby Harkness to write Everything to Live For, which is published by William Heinemann Australia.
The book has already claimed a spot on the Aussie best seller list with Angus and Robertson book sellers, and has been nominated as a “top 50 book you can’t put down” by Get Reading Australia.
On Saturday, more than 100 locals attended an author talk at the Shoalhaven Library on Saturday, and heard of Turia’s recovery from the burns she sustained to most of her body after being caught in the fire during a marathon run.
Turia told the Milton/Ulladulla Times she was amazed to see the book sell so well.
“It's a bit surreal to be honest!” she said.
“But at the same time I am so thrilled to be on the best seller list.
“And I really just think, I wouldn’t be doing as well as I’m doing without having a great support network, which is mainly Michael and Mum, and without having the support of my local community,” she said.
DeanSwift Books in Nowra owner David Slevin, who hosted the event at the Shoalhaven Library, said the book was also selling well locally.
“The book is one of our better sellers,” Mr Slevin said.
Turia and partner Michael Hoskins have had a busy month, promoting the book across the East Coast of Australia throughout September.
“We are flat out at the moment with publicity for the book,” Turia said.
“The book has also opened a lot of doors for us too – I’ve been asked to do a lot of motivational speeches which I’m really looking forward to.
“I actually really enjoy sharing our journey and what we’ve been through, and the fact that people feel like they get something out of my speeches is just another bonus.”
While the book, launched in August, has been one milestone for the keen athlete, another will be to compete again, with partner Michael by her side.
“Next year is a massive year for both of us,” Turia told the Times.
“In March we'll be attempting to complete the Variety Cycle from Sydney to Uluru.
“In May we'll be doing the 20km Lake Argyle swim.
“And then in June I’ll be heading off to China to complete a section of the Great Wall of China.
“I’ll be doing this with a fantastic group of people and it’s all to raise money for the charity Interplast,” she said.