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The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? Dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable.

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.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143789963

    October 1, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton Australia

    272 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • Audio Download

    9780143792819

    October 1, 2018

    Penguin AU Audio Adult

    RRP $30.99

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  • EBook

    9781760144173

    October 1, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    272 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Indie Book Awards
    2019
    Longlisted
    Indie Book Awards