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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,185 ratings  ·  81 reviews
After a terrible argument with her father over their family property, 'Waters Meeting', Rebecca Saunders throws her swag in the ute and heads north with her three dogs. A job as a jillaroo takes her into the rowdy world of B&S balls, Bundy rum and boys. When she at last settles down to a bit of study at agricultural college, her life is turned upside down by the very h ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Over the last couple of days I’ve tried to think about when I first learnt about Rachael Treasure and the type of books she wrote. Although my mind still draws a blank as to the exact time frame, I do remember almost unconsciously always understanding that she wrote rural fiction and was one of the, if not arguably the fore runner, dominators of Australia rural fiction. For years it seems, I’ve understood that she is driving force behind the thriving genre without ever having read her work. When ...more
Chelsey Ellice
This book was up and down with emotion. Few really sad things happened and the family was so troubled, even though it’s only a story, it broke my heart. In the end though the family came together which was lovely
Lauren K
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure is one of the books on my TBR shelf I really wanted to read this year and I’m so glad I made the time to pick this one up. It’s quite a moving story about a country girl who is passionate about farming and determined to see her family farm succeed.

The opening scene sparks immediate empathy for the protagonist Rebecca, with a big blow up with her cranky old man she leaves behind her family farm in a fit of rage with her Ute, swag and three beloved dogs. With her paren
Clare O'Beara
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia, romance
Warning that this is also published as 'River Run Deep'.
Mixed feelings here for a brave Aussie romance. The author lives in Tasmania but the book is set in southeastern Australia. I'm in no doubt that she's doing a great job of depicting the lifestyle and people, the drought, landscape and changing times. The tale follows mainly Rebecca or Bec as her bullying, alcoholic father drives her off the station with her kelpie sheepdogs. Her brothers remain to do the farmwork, since they are going to i
Moon Love
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I recently read one of Rachael Treasure's books and I absolutely loved it. So I thought I'd read another to see if I enjoyed it just as much, and lo and behold I did. The descriptive and vivid way Ms. treasure described the beauty and wildness of Australia makes me want to hop on a plane and go there right away. This book made me cry, laugh, and smile. This book is an excellent example of how everyone has their own failings and what happens when we don't deal with them. Ms. Treasure has two more ...more
Heidi Kennedy
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
In fairness I only read Jillaroo as part of a project to read books that were popular but I wouldn't normally read. However, I did think it would be more engaging than it was. It turns out to essentially be a book about stereotypical characters getting drunk and throwing up in various different settings. That's about it.
Kat at Book Thingo
May 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kat at Book Thingo by: Zosia
This is the book I have dubbed The Vomit Book. In summary: They fight, they drink, they puke, they save the farm. If you’re thinking of trying this author, start with a different book.

You can read my full review at Book Thingo.
3-1/2 *'s.
Susan Austin
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
So I sneakily read this when I was meant to be reading Obama's book, because I just felt like a light frolicking yarn. It gets three stars for being a good yarn or a beach read when you don't want to think and are happy to roll with some cliches and some predictable plot lines.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I started crying when Tom died at 11:30pm
A truly touching story that has very good romance and story line. I automatically connected with Bec just from the way treasure has described her personality an her situation. I don't even live on a farm. I'm a city girl, but just reading it made me ache for a rushing river. Great book!!
Leigh Hutton
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Classic Aussie rural romance, at its best! Loved the 'go girl' vibe and have drawn a lot of inspiration for my own writing from this book.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! It's just rehashed my dream of living on a farm!

I loved reading about the animals, and Becs life, crying and laughing at the things that get thrown at her.

A wonderful Aussie book!
Stacey Potter
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it from start to finish !
Kelly-anne Mellor
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for outback (rural) romance
Dianne Gary
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - set in the high country with characters that struggle to get along with each other and also the changing environment in which they live
Had me not wanting to stop reading but also not wanting to read it too fast as I was enjoying it so much!
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-this-one
I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. It was not written the way I expected and to be honest, I found it was probably written in a more realistic manner than other books of its genre.
A recommended read for me and I will be keeping a eye out for more of this author's work
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn’t finish this book, it wasn’t the type of book that I enjoy reading.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice Australian farming backdrop with stunning emotions love sadness anger...must read
Maddy Smith
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yess yess yess
Gemma Nugent
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: uni, aww2017
Not the kind of thing I'd usually pick up but read it for a uni course and have to admit I kind of enjoyed it! Mind you, while I was definitely no shirker on the binge drinking front in my younger days, I did find all the boozing a little troubling.
Anne Ruprecht
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The Beginning and throughout were not my type of reading but I did finish the book, just to see what happened with the families farm.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Rachael Treasure’s first and bestselling novel Jillaroo is the book that kick started the phenomenon that is the Australian rural romance genre. Jillaroo features the feisty Rebecca Saunders, a country girl who after a huge argument with her Father, leaves her beloved family property to work as a jillaroo. Taking her dogs with her for the ride, Rebecca makes a success of her new position. The novel also covers Rebecca’s time at Agricultural College, where she meets scoundrel and love interest Ch ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
Rebecca Saunder’s has just had another fight with her father and this time he has told her to leave and never return, she in a temper does just that, even though she had decided that she wanted to work 12 months at a Jillaroo at home. She takes her dogs and goes without even saying goodbye to her brother’s Mick and Tom. Their mother Frankie has recently left them as well. Their father Harry is very stubborn and won’t change anything with regards to running the family property.

Rebecca finds herse
Oct 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
A bogan farm girl meets a Mummy's boy and spends years trying to win back the farm which by rights is not hers to own in the first place. She is obviously a raging alcoholic with father issues which when she meets the love of her life (who by the way is also a raging alcoholic, with mother issues)whilst both are drunk and kiss in a river, seems to think she can save her life by being more drunk.

The easy way she has sex with anyone drunk enough, her drink driving and her barely able to scrape th
My sister and I love this book! It portrays Aussie country life in an easy and funny way, yet still approaching family issues and depression in country Australia. I noticed that its also published as 'River Run Deep'
After a terrible argument with her father over their family property Waters Meeting, Rebecca throws her swag into the back of her ute and heads north with her sheepdogs. A job as a trainee farmhand takes her into the rowdy world of country dances, Bundy rum and boys. When she at last
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian, outback, rural
I listened to the audio version of Jillaroo while marking. Was really strange listening to an australian voice reading, and was even more an unreal experience listening to the very aussie okka talk that was used in the book! The book is about a girl who actually likes farming (*gasp* - I couldn't get off a hobby farm fast enough), and her attempt to make her family and everyone realise that she really is serious in wanting to be a "farmer", especially wanting to make her family's farm succeed.

Jayde Bailey-Hassan
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
oh god guys!
This may be a round them up country stock farm girl book but ive never meet a book ive fallen in Lurv with more!! Bec's sory is one i countinue to think about even when im not reading, the loveable drunken party animal Charlie Lewis is deffently a guy you do and dont want to bring home to meet dad. while silent little Tom is finding his feet and only while drunk will voice his oppion. i dont like Trudy one little bit and i think Micks only thinking with his little head insted of his
Dianne Sidebottom
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has another title called "River Run Deep". The story covers relationships of a family who run a farm which covers dreams that die for some. Marriage/divorce/separation breakdown which filters down to guilt. Some run away, others hide away hurt but eventually effects everyone n animals. The story really brings out the difficulty of farming n depending on mother nature is unpredictable. Who gets to stay n inherit gets messy. But the positive is that education is beneficial but changes ne ...more
~2.5 stars

Well, I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting in this book . . . but this wasn't it. I didn't realize that in contemporary Australian literature "rural fiction" means "more drinking and carousing than character development" and "no plot." Or a meandering, weak plot at best.

Ah, well . . . I've expanded my reading horizons and I had a good time listening to narrator Miranda Nation for her lyrical accent and trying to figure out what all of the Aussie colloquialisms and slang and trying
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Rachael Treasure lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children. She is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock. She is a graduate of Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst ...more

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