Deniliquin’s Elle Lawson met Australian author Rachel Treasure on Saturday at the Deniliquin Ute Muster after her books contributed to Elle's speedy recovery from severe burns.By Tyla Harrington
Without Australian author Rachael Treasure’s books, Deniliquin’s Elle Lawson may not have recovered from severe burns as quickly as she did.
So when Elle was invited for lunch with the author on Saturday at the Deniliquin Ute Muster, she could hardly believe it.
The 18 year-old HSC student started reading Treasure’s books through her burns recovery process.
‘‘I had a pot on the stove with oil in it and it caught on fire (in March this year),’’ Elle explained.
‘‘When I walked back into the kitchen I realised it was on fire and carried the pot outside.
‘‘I suffered burns to my hand and quite severe burns to my right thigh.
‘‘I was taken to hospital and was told I had high level second degree burns.
‘‘I had to live with my sister in town so that the community nurse could re-dress my burns as mum and dad live out of town.’’
Elle said three months on she was ‘‘still having treatment for scarring’’.
‘‘When I was in hospital I was reading Rachael’s books and it made things easier,’’ she said.
‘‘My sister emailed Rachael and told her what had happened.
‘‘Rachel sent me signed books with a message at the front in each of them and said she wanted to meet me.
‘‘It was really great to meet her.’’
Treasure was in the Deniliquin Newsagency & Bookstore stall at the muster site and was signing copies of her books.
She lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children and calls herself a writer, regenerative agriculturist and ‘‘a lover of all things in life’’.
‘‘One of my books is about a girl who comes to the Ute Muster and her life turns around (The Farmer’s Wife),’’ she said.
‘‘My books help people through tough times and try and get people through that.’’
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