Any Ordinary Day

audiobook (Unabridged) Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life

By Leigh Sales

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'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
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.
'a work that will interest anyone looking to contemplate individual blindsides, but also those looking to understand the nature of our public discourse and the responsibilities of the players in it.' Sydney Morning Herald
'Masterfully written, revelatory and genuinely uplifting, Any Ordinary Day reminds us of our strength and endurance, even when faced with the darkest of days.' Better Reading
Any Ordinary Day