NEW BOOK: What happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.
NEW BOOK: What happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

An ordinary day turns life upside down

AN UNREMARKABLE start to an ordinary day is no guarantee that what follows won't sweep you off your feet.

Dual Walkley Award-winner journalist Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable as she takes the reader on a journey of blindsides, resilience and what happens after the worst day of your life.

The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after?

As a journalist, Leigh 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 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.

An Ordinary Day is available in bookshops for RRP$32.99, in ebook and as a audio download from Penguin.


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