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Any Ordinary Day - Leigh Sales

Paperback Published: 1st October 2018
ISBN: 9780143789963
Number Of Pages: 272

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The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? Dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable.

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories – and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who’ve faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she’s learned about coping with life’s unexpected blows.

Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don’t know we have.

About the Author

Leigh Sales is an award-winning journalist and author.

She anchors 7.30 on ABC television. From 2006 to 2008, she was the network's National Security Correspondent and from 2001 to 2005, Washington Correspondent, covering the momentous years after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Leigh won a Walkley award in 2005 for her coverage of issues surrounding Guantanamo Bay and was also nominated for her on-the-ground reporting of Hurricane Katrina.

Her first book, Detainee 002: the Case of David Hicks , was published in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Prize and won the 2007 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism. Her second book, On Doubt , was published in 2009 as part of Melbourne University Publishing's 'Little Book on Big Themes' series, which features leading Australian writers including Germaine Greer, David Malouf and Don Watson.

Leigh's writing has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and The Monthly. She writes a fortnightly blog for the ABC called 'Well-readhead'. Before joining the ABC, Leigh worked for the Nine Network. She has degrees in international relations and journalism.


Any Ordinary Day


The book reinforces the strength of Leigh and her subjects.

Northern NSW


Savour the Day


Reading the early pages of this book I felt scared. Scared that my mind might start approaching each day with apprehension. As I read on I was calmed and it became very clear how resilient we humans are and no matter what, life goes on as long as you allow it. Thank you Leigh Sales for reminding me to savour every day.



Wonderful Book, couldn't put it down


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which gave a historical overview of Australian tragedies and the resilience fostered within, following the aftermath. References to relevant psychology theorists and theories for practice, a nod to fellow Social Workers and other mental health professionals and great insights to the perspective and challenges faced by people affected by grief, loss and responsibility. Would read again and again.



Great Read! I learned so much!


Great read! I ordered this book because I love Leigh Sales, but by the time it arrived a tragedy had befallen a friend of ours, so the book was perfect timing. It helped me see that our friends family will be ok eventually and helped me know how to be a better friend to them at this time.



Loved it


Really enjoyed reading this book.

Port Melbourne


Thought provoking


I expected a different type of book but still enjoyed the book. Leigh talks candidly about herself and her experiences. I found it very thought provoking, hearing different points of view of some of Australia's major horrible events and the people affected by them.



A life affecting book


This book changed the way I look at life. It's so well written, so compassionate; giving great insights from people for whom any ordinary day turned into one that was anything but. I congratulate Leigh Sales for her courage in researching and writing this book. It's one I shall re-read for sure.



An extraordinary book


This book is an essential read and will hopefully help us all manage grief and tragedy in a more engaging and supportive way. The stories shared by those whose 'ordinary days' have been so significantly changed are extraordinary and thought provoking. Leigh's writing is exceptional and made more engaging by her own personal perspective of how to deal with major/tragic life events and what we can all do better to help and support those who need it.



An essential to read and have in the home library


This is one of the best non-fiction books I have read. Leigh Sales is such a wonderful storyteller that she carries the reader along with her as she tells her own and others dramatic stories of survival. This is a gutsy book written with great compassion and self evaluation. A must read in every sense.



Honest look at dealing with tragedy


I found this book easy to read and very honest. People of all ages will appreciate it's openness and it could benfit many of us who wonder how the rest of the world copes with day to day tragedy.




4.8 17


‘Sales digs deep and bravely to find, in the most horrific situations, the human capacity for hope, courage and kindness. She is warm, wise and humble.’
Anna Funder

ISBN: 9780143789963
ISBN-10: 0143789961
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st October 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1