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.
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.
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.