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Unmasked by Turia Pitt

If you’re looking for something inspiring to read, look no further.

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It’s been five years since Turia Pitt made headlines for having barely survived her ordeal in the desert. And in that time, she has become one of the most inspirational women in Australia.

Whether via the numerous media reports, 60 Minutes specials, Women’s Weekly cover stories or her first book, “Everything To Live For”, we know about the why, how and what of that fateful day in September 2011.

We know how she died four times on the operating table and her tortuous road to recovery. We’ve had a glimpse of the love of her boyfriend, Michael, that sustained her, and seen hints of the inner-strength that has made her one of the most admired women in the country. But until now, the true essence of this most remarkable Australian, plus the toll her accident has all taken on her and those around her, have remained a mystery.

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This updated edition of Turia’s memoir takes a brutally honest look at her journey so far including her relationships, what motivates her and the strategies she’s used to overcome her challenges.

How and why does she push herself to ever greater physical and mental limits? What does she see when she looks in the mirror? How does her sudden celebrity (for the most unorthodox of reasons) sit with her? What lessons has she learned in the past five years? And, crucially, how can each and every one of us take those lessons and apply them to our own lives?

More than a simple chronology of events – and against the backdrop of a never-ending series of impressive physical feats, including climbing the Great Wall of China, walking the Kokoda Track and competing in not one but two Ironman competitions – this book unmasks the real Turia: funny, fierce, intelligent, flawed.

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With the benefit of hindsight and five years of wisdom, Turia is only now able to account for how she prevailed where others might have faltered. And for the first time, in this book, we get to know the people who – by Turia’s own admission – made her recovery possible.

Including chapters written by Turia’s family and close friends as well as Michael and his parents, Unmasked reveals the woman behind the headlines, and in so doing, uncovers the grace, humour and inner-steel that gets Turia Pitt through every day – and which leaves the rest of us watching on in amazement.

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Nice things people have said

CailtlinJuly 8, 2017

If you only read 1 book this year – make it this one.An extraordinary and inspiring woman with a very simple message – challenge yourself to see what you are made of!

JennaJuly 16, 2017

After finishing unmasked I asked my husband to read it because there are so many great values and attitudes to learning from you and the wonderful people in your life. I asked him to read it because I thought if we could be more motivated and develop a better healthier attitude to life, we could be the parents we need to be for our children and hopefully raise strong, beautiful children who have the confidence to tackle what life throws at them.

MichelleJuly 28, 2017

In the 1st few chapters, I couldn’t stop my tears coming down on each and every page. My hair got soaked (cos I was reading while lying down). Anyway. Thank you. It has really been so inspiring and such a testament to the great love you have in your life and your courage, sheer mental toughness and rising above seemingly impossible challenges, against all odds…’s incredible!

SophieAugust 10, 2017

This book is a gift to the world. I got it today and have read half already. … hearing about injury from your perspective and your honesty and your realness is a gift! As a registered nurse, you are helping me to see things differently to see positivity in negativity and I can not tell you how much relief I have felt reading your words. Thank you.

For Goodness Sake NZ BlogSeptember 3, 2017

Reading books can be an incredible way of challenging our own thinking, and without a doubt, Turia’s determination, courage and bravery is so inspiring.
The message that I have taken away from her story is that with resilience and mental fortitude, anything is possible to achieve.

EmilySeptember 16, 2017

I was obsessed with your story and read your book in a couple of days. I think made a mistake of taking it along to a book club I belong to with a bunch of pretty cool women, raved on about you and now it has been lost to the line up of ladies waiting to read it too! I actually wanted to have it back right away to let my 10 & 11-year-old daughters read it.

KarenSeptember 17, 2017

I bought Unmasked today … and read it cover to cover. I didn’t mean to. I had planned to start the book this afternoon and see how I’d go. I didn’t move from the couch until I’d read the last word. What a read!

JuliaSeptember 22, 2017

If you want to be challenged to live life to the full and do more than you think you’re capable of then read this gem! Such an inspiring, amazing lady! A story of resilience, positivity, determination and the power of love.

Charlotte BullisOctober 22, 2017

I cannot put Turia’s book down. I am on chapter 16 by the second day. This book is raw, emotional, witty and thought-provoking. I love how we get to hear from everyone that has been involved in Turia’s journey and how frank and open everyone is about the amazing determination but also the dark times. This book has given me the kick to break my barriers and rubbish excuses and go for what I want. Life is for living. You don’t need a reason to read this book, it is a must-read.

Donna MunroNovember 9, 2017

From the first chapter, I shed tears. They stayed throughout but mixed with smiles, chuckles and ‘wow’ moments. My husband commented, “Are you still crying?” I was up to chapter twelve and had a box of tissues next to me, my head in the book. This is an inspirational read; not only because of what happened to Turia but what she did about it. It’s not just about Turia. The people around her show wonderful human spirit and love, particularly her fiancé Michael. Inspiring love flows through the pages.

Lucy Thackray‏November 11, 2017

Congratulations Turia Pitt and Bryce Corbett – I can not put down ‘Unmasked’. What a beautiful book. So moved and inspired. A must-read xx

Charlene KaneFebruary 7, 2018

I found Turia online and am hooked. My library has her first book but not this one. I requested they purchase it but I can’t wait so am ordering my copy. Signed. I am honoured to receive this book. Can’t wait. The reviews are fantastic.