10 Apr BOOK REVIEW – ANY ORDINARY DAY by LEIGH SALES
Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
Leigh Sales is a journalist who began investigating human vulnerability and resilience after she was made aware of her own mortality whilst reporting on some news stories. She had often met people during or following terrifying ordeals and wanted to explore how people recover from life–changing events. In this book Leigh tries to understand resilience via personal interviews with people whose stories made an impact in the media.
How can I explain this book and the impact it had on myself? Recalling a personal traumatic time and how I dealt with a brush with my own mortality, reminded me that I should be grateful for “ordinary days”. Leigh Sales is a sympathetic storyteller and her interviews are so very intimate and personable. You would expect broken lives from people losing loved ones or going through traumatic events, but instead you find out about hope, strength and even humour. Leigh also interviews people who have helped others through the worst moments of their lives. She uses everyday language to explain the way the human brain processes fear and grief. This book will resonate with me for a long time to come.
This book can be borrowed from Gladstone Regional Libraries as a printed copy or as an eBook via the eLibrary’s BorrowBox.
Book reviewed by Tasha and Gladstone Regional Libraries.