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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.

Industry Reviews

‘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

So true

4

An honest, open and informative book on how hard life can be. Having experienced my own hardships over the past few years, this book seemed to speak directly to my core. I loved hearing the stories of survival that show we really can get through the horror. I loved Leigh Sales' respectful way of retelling the tragic stories of others. Through her writing I could see how much she cared and how she much she wanted to honour that which was relayed to her. If you have been through your own 'ordinary day' terror, this book will remind you that not only are you not the only one that has experienced what no one should, but also that you will get through it. One step at a time. And if you haven't been touched by this yet, perhaps this book can serve as a gentle note to live each day as if it were the most precious that you have. A wonderfully written book.

Melbourne

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Changed my perspective on life!

5

Such a fantastic book! It caught my attention at the second page. It gave me a different perspective and approach to life itself and also hope for when facing the unexpected. This is a read for absolutely anyone, my partner is going to borrow it next.

Southern Highlands

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A fascinating read

4

I enjoyed Leigh Sales' thoughtful prose on how catastrophic events happen on ordinary days, to ordinary people, and how those people learn to live with the fallout of the trauma, whilst never "getting over it".

Sydney

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Need a new perspective - Start the journey with this book

5

A book that will remain on my shelf and it's lesson hopefully in my heart. A book that I would gift to others. Brings perspective and renewed hope in the human spirit and the ability for each of us to have a new normal, no matter what may come our way.

Adelaide

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Heartwarming and challenging

5

I read this book and thought about what it was saying, then read it again. This book has something that will resonate with everyone, it speaks to who we are, what we fear and the small things that define truth in life. It's not about tragedy, it's about people. Leigh has nailed this book. It's not self helpish or anything lame like that. Its warm, honest and at times tough. Read it at least twice.

Nsw

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Amazing

5

Thank you Leigh!! Explained exactly how I have felt about the news - glad to know it's not just me an that the misconceptions are real!!

Melbourne

Not an Ordinary book

5

Leigh Sales has carefully drawn from the experiences of otherwise ordinary people who, through tragedy, have become extra-ordinary. She has tastefully written about her research and interviews with the people behind familiar tragic Australian events from both a personal and journalist perspective. The stories make you wonder how you would yourself cope under similar events that are full of loss and sadness. However, this is not an upsetting book in itself. It is full of hope and wonder leaving you with some simple thoughts that inspire you to live life more fully.

Adelaide

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Any Ordinary Day

4

The book reinforces the strength of Leigh and her subjects.

Northern NSW

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Savour the Day

5

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.

Sydney

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Wonderful Book, couldn't put it down

5

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.

Melbourne

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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