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Any Ordinary Day

Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
Narrated by: Leigh Sales
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook, 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 audiobook 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.

©2018 Leigh Sales (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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Riveting

A truely beautiful work full of feeling depth and interest. Humour and tears. It carries you forwards and inspires and informs. A really good and at times a gripping read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A different Perspective

I loved your book Leigh . You were very brave to share your private life; I hope you have an easier year.
It was so interesting to listen to you sharing your stories of the tragedies different people had experienced Leigh, and how they had overcome their sadness and adversaries to find a way to cope with their devastating losses, terror , PTS etc.
I sent this book to my sister-in-law so that she won’t be the only one saying ‘Why Me’

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Life affirming

A beautifully written book that brings light and pragmatic advice to topics of grief, death, loss and tragedy. I was often moved to tears by the stories of terrible loss but equally moved by the kindness and bravery described.

I feel more hopeful that I might be able to accompany my friends and family better in moments of loss and grief and that I am better equipped to deal with any blindsides that come my way. Thanks Leigh.

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This is about as close to perfection as you’ll get.

Leigh Sales is one of those individuals who manages to tell a story with all the eloquence of a first class journo, but with all the compassion and heartfelt truth of your most trusted best friend.
It’s hard not to weep along with her very vulnerable and open accounts of the stories she’s researched for Any Ordinary Day. Because Leigh has struck up genuine bonds with her subjects the stories are raw and magnificent tributes to the human condition at it’s very best when faced with the very worst.
I’m in awe of Leigh Sales for her generosity in the telling of these stories, and also her own.
She’s a writer of immense talent but also a person of incredible character strength and warmth.
How lucky Australia is to have Leigh Sales.
She’s an absolute gem!!!

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Blindsided by how much I enjoyed this!

Wow. Truth be told, I bought this book because so many people I know were reading it that I really didn’t want to miss out. But WOW Leigh. It has made me laugh, cry and question. This has had a profound effect on me, having endured a number of blindsides myself. I have appreciated the narrative and been able to relate to the research and to understand so much about myself more deeply. Thank you for putting this piece of work into the world, it really is worth every second of the time to listen/read.

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A thoughtful, intelligent, enthralling listen

I enjoyed Leigh’s book so much, it brought together thorough journalistic research, with heart rending and human stories, and Leigh’s warm and honest character, including her ability to share her own vulnerability with her audience. I have so much admiration!

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Insightful

Honest vulnerable candour. Excellent concise story telling, respectful towards contributors and the deceased and great performance by Leigh. The only disappointing thing was the audio mix. Surely the tech could have faded out the throat swallowing. For some reason I really noticed it in this audio.

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Leigh Sales is a total pro

This was simultaneously a deeply sad and heart warming listen. Audiobooks read by the author are often especially compelling, and Sales' Journo-trained narration is exemplary as could be expected. Highly recommended.

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Powerful and Incredibly Moving

This is such a wonderful mix of thoughtful analysis, clearly presented facts/research finding and entirely human stories. I I can not fathom what brought Leigh to put it together, but I am so glad she did. I broke down in tears several times, I recalled everyone one of the stories immediately, it was like revisiting points in my own life.

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Beautifully written and told

I was scared to start this one but couldn't stop. Leigh has told some amazingly delicate stories in the most beautiful way.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-10-2018

Beautiful and Timely

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I particularly enjoyed the journey that author and narrator, Leigh Sales, took in the compiling and writing of this book. The arc from sceptic to optimist (well, almost) was inspiring, and the courageously authentic perspectives Sales’ interviewees shared about their experiences inspired true hope.
I liked this book. I rather enjoyed the accidental editing mishaps that included Sales’ intermittent sips of tea. They only added to the authenticity of the subject matter for mine. I will recommend this book to many.
Thanks Leigh, for your bravery and exceptional journalistic skills! Truly stunning ;)

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  • Jo
  • 29-11-2018

Thank you Leigh!

Captivating, moving, honest and real. Thank you Leigh for you insightfullness and gentle, thought provoking delivery. Thank you for giving perspective to the unthinkable.

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  • Donna
  • 11-11-2018

Interesting & thought provoking.

Leigh has tackled a topic that I think we probably all have wondered about as we go through life, certainly I have - how do people make it through the unthinkable? Would I be able to if needed to. Leigh looks to research and the experiences of her own and others to explore this topic. An exceptional journalist, Leigh brings a real human element which I enjoyed. I don’t often re listen, but I think I will this one.

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  • Deborah Jacob
  • 16-02-2019

An Important and Comforting REad

Leigh Sales has covered all the bases in this book. This is a book every journalist should read in order to learn how to ask the important questions with empathy and without fear. For everyone else, this is a book about how people survive tragedy in the true sense of the word. Leigh Sales interviews are insightful and uplifting. This could have been a very depressing read. Instead, it fills readers full of hope and confidence that they will be able to get through the worse events in their lives and even find beauty in them. I loved Sales' narration. It truly made the book more meaningful to have her voice narrate it.

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  • Renny
  • 13-02-2019

Well written and interesting.

Personal stories of truth and wisdom about how many have worked through lives greatest challenges.
Anecdotes for how best to walk with them or what to expect ourselves if ever faced with one of these events. Good read.

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  • Moran Greenwald
  • 23-11-2018

One of the best books I've ever read

Leigh Sales does not leave a stone unturned. Her journalist curiosity and thoroughness, her analytical skills, combined with honesty, empathy, and a wonderful writing, make a great book and a must read to - well - all humans.

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  • Adrienne
  • 10-03-2019

Compassionate and well researched

Leigh Sales reads her exploration of the human response to sudden tragedy in an engaging and thoughtful manner. I read this book and found it so thought provoking I downloaded the audiobook too. Without being sentimental or wallowing in human suffering Sales takes us into the lives of people who have endured a sudden life changing event and charts their resilience and recovery. I highly recommend this book and will listen to it again.

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  • Gwyneth
  • 03-02-2019

Thank you, Leigh Sales for such brilliant insight.

I'm forever grateful for this listen which has not only soothed but delivered/conveyed with stunning grace how one's resilience helps us rise from the ashes; and evolve... into even better versions of ourselves. Heart-wrenching, evocative and empathetic ~ a thoughtful and inspiring listen. I wish you all the very best of happiness and quality of life. ♡

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  • Joshua Smith
  • 17-12-2018

Thought-Provoking

Thought-provoking and evocative. Has given me a new appreciation for those ordinary days. Leigh Sales has interviewed some truly inspiring individuals.

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  • Cowie girl
  • 09-11-2018

Superb

I love Leigh’s podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 and really admire her as a journalist.
This is a superb book beautifully narrated by Leigh. Thought provoking and ultimately hopeful.