Any Ordinary Day is an exploration of what comes next after trauma interrupts life. Leigh’s writing style is contemplative, honest, exposed and infinitely kind. The respect she shows her interviewees in combination with considered research yields incredibly meaningful reflections. After reading this book I feel a little less afraid of the fears that can keep one awake at night, a little more optimistic and certainly more determined to look for the brightness in any ordinary day.
Thank you for giving us the chance to stare at the sun with you, Leigh.
For this book journalist Leigh Sales interviewed people who’ve been blindsided by sudden tragedy and those who helped them through it. Her quest was to find out how people cope afterwards. She also did a lot of research in academic journals on such things as probability and coping styles. The result is a wise and easy to read book that will help anyone affected in the same way and indeed, any human at all, given its sensible thoughts on the vagaries of human life. Particularly valuable is the information on post traumatic growth. We’re so accustomed to hearing of people diagnosed with PTSD that it’s a relief to know that in fact most people grow stronger in the face of tragedy. “Closure” is a thing that may never come, but the heartening lesson is that more than mere survivors, we are endurers, and bad things can deepen our appreciation of the simple joys of everyday life. And in a world afflicted with trolling on social media, kindness is more worthwhile than ever. Heartily recommended.
An absorbing memoir of the human condition, featuring frank insights and stories of courageous Australians who have endured some of the toughest experiences imaginable. It provided a sense of admiration and hope, and a realisation that we are all in this together.
Gee she wrote it well ... great turn of phrase ... vivid descriptions ... beautifully written. At first, I was wanting to learn more. I was searching for greater meaning out of her glorious opportunity to interview those who have experienced and learnt through great disasters. It wasn’t until the end of the book that Leigh’s summaries started to give me the powerful and profound insights she was entitled to give. In the strangest of ways, I was pleased to hear that Leigh too has suffered. Simply because it made her part of the journey offering us true credible insights into the power and value of pain, chaos and suffering. Until Leigh revealed her own challenges late in the book, I had viewed her as an onlooker just like the reader. You know, in writing this review, I think I realise it had even more value than I first thought. I wish there was a metric that allowed me to give a 9.8 ! Yep ... READ IT ... Bernie K
One of the most interesting, but confronting, books I've read in a while. The real life stories, which we all know, told by those involved in tragic events was fascinating. That these people are prepared to share their stories, which are then told so compassionately is a credit to Leigh. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to think about life.
Leigh writes beautifully and you can tell who emotionally intelligent she is. She writes so that the reader is educated but not so that the language used is too difficult to read - perfect for those looking to understand grief and how to deal with adverse events.
An insightful exploration of how people survive and find hope under the most tragic of circumstances. Leigh Sales is a sensitive and thoughtful interviewer. She also asks some thought provoking questions about the responsibility of the media and judicial system to consider the mental well-being of those embroiled in a crisis.
Congratulations Leigh, this was excellent. So many of your remarks on human qualities, kindness, laughter and love were bang on. A broadstroke on what matters and how we deal with life. Ill be thinking about this book for a while.