I have become a fan of listening to books on Borrowbox and I noticed that this one was available (years ago I gave it to someone as a gift). The audio books is read by Leigh Sales, so it feels like you’re just having a chat with her.
Here’s the blurb
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.
Terrible things happen to people (losing your entire family, losing both your first and second wives) and some people bounce back and get on with living and others don’t. What does it take to keep going after an enormous, life change? This book tries to answer that question. She also reflects on her role as a journalist and the times when she might have, inadvertently, done harm. Which is something we should all think about.
What I took away from this book is that terrible events are random and unexpected (also reasonably rare), so its probably best to appreciate the moment right now.