By Kate Dzienis
Turia Pitt’s second memoir Unmasked (2017) is as compelling as her first (Everything to Live For, 2013), and gives readers more insight into her world of courage, determination and inspiration.
Pitt was just 25-years-old when she was caught in a raging grassfire back in 2011 while competing in a 100-kilometre ultramarathon in the WA Kimberley region.
She, along with five other competitors, had nowhere to run.
Pitt suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body, and was placed in an induced coma to fight infection.
She lost four fingers and a thumb to amputation, has required a new nose, and fought countless physical battles in her journey of rehabilitation.
Unmasked is an insight into her life today, an ‘unmasking’ if you will of her physical barriers and the people who helped in her recovery, with chapters written by fiancé Michael Hoskin, parents Michael and Celestine, burns doctor, and other key individuals, including some of those who survived the very same grassfire in 2011.
Ghost written by journalist Bryce Corbett, Unmasked is about Pitt conquering the physical and psychological pain caused by her injures, and going on to trek the Kokoda Trail as well as competing in the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
Since her miraculous recovery and after enduring more than 200 operations, Pitt’s accounts in her latest book are honest, and provide a beautiful recollection of personal and professional relationships – especially that of her love for fiancé Michael, who she was dating before the fire.
In a chapter of his own words, he answers the ever-impending question of ‘Why do you stay with her?’, to which he replies, ‘As much as it is a tale of triumph over adversity…it’s a story of the boy and the girl whose love for each other couldn’t be dimmed; a love that no fire could tear apart’.
Unmasked will pull at your heartstrings as Pitt opens up about her love for the man who stood by her side through the thick and thin of it all.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Title: Unmasked by Turia Pitt and Bryce Corbett
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia