Any Ordinary Day: What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?

Any Ordinary Day: What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life? Review

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.

Title:Any Ordinary Day: What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Cathy Miers

    Loved it - such an interesting topic well handled. Was great to meet such a variety of people who were willing to open themselves up to this extent. All the cases are things I remember well so I found...

  • Michael Livingston

    In contrast to everyone else I follow on Goodreads, I didn't love this. Sales interviews a handful of people who have suffered high profile tragedies about how they coped with the trauma, loss and att...

  • elisabeth

    couldn’t finish this one. I’m a massive fan of leigh’s journalism and podcasting, but her pop-psychology attempt didn’t hold my interest. I was interested in the idea behind this book and some...

  • Carly Findlay

    Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales is good literary journalism. So good. I read it quickly, in three sittings.A mix of interviews with people whose live have changed suddenly and often tragically, statis...

  • Nancy

    Finished: 04.10.2018Genre: non-fictionRating: A++++++#AWW2018Conclusion:If you have a pulse...and I know you dothis book will grab you and not let go.Absolutely inspiring!Sometimes I have to let a boo...

  • Amanda

    What an absolutely beautiful book made even more powerful by listening to Leigh’s narration on Audible. Very grateful for Leigh daring greatly to capture these stories, to accompany grief and to sha...

  • Tanya

    #mindblown #perspective It's fair to say that until a recent turn of events occurred in my life, I have never really experienced "trauma". Certainly, a few shitty things have happened to me in my life...

  • Jaclyn Crupi

    Leigh Sales shows us what real resilience looks like and reminds us to treasure our vulnerable, messy, cusp-of-tragedy at any time lives. Powerful and life-affirming. ...

  • A.B. Gayle

    I was drawn to this book out of respect for the author as an investigative journalist and because she is a very fair interviewer. I knew the subject would be explored thoroughly and with integrity. It...

  • Fiona

    Eye-opening, Heartbreaking. Excellent read....