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RACHAEL TREASURE's first novel, Jillaroo will be released by Penguin in August 2002. Jillaroo is the story of a young farm girl who, after a fight with her father, loads her three dogs onto the ute and heads north. It's a story that combines both the harsh realities of modern farming life and the fun aspects of rural youth culture, including B&S Balls, Bundy rum and boys. Penguin describes it as "an action-packed novel of adventure, dreams and determination." Penguin are toting Jillaroo as a potential best seller and are gearing up for a first print run of 8,000 copies.

Although a work of fiction, Jillaroo has been written from Rachael's unique rural perspective. Rachael has drawn from her personal experience in agriculture and brought it to life with her professional writing skills. She is both an agricultural college graduate and a print journalism graduate. She has worked for numerous rural publications and as a rural reporter for ABC radio. Aside from her journalism career Rachael has been a Jillaroo herself. She is a professional wool classer, working dog trainer and runs cattle with her husband John in Victoria's High Country and sheep with her father in Tasmania. She has a colourful employment history to write about including; stock camp cook, bull catcher assistant, rouseabout, drover, outback general store shop assistant and sniffer dog handler for the truffle industry. Her first screenplay, Albert's Chook Tractor was filmed for SBS TV on her family property and even featured her own kelpie, Gippy. The half-hour drama is scheduled to be screened this year on SBS. She is currently working on her second novel and first full-length feature film script. e: rattiesmith@bigpond.com


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