The Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner : One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster

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Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife ...

But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.

A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his loungeroom. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose.

Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead - and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.
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  • CD-Audio
  • 134 x 146mm | 205g
  • Audible/Bolinda Audio
  • Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1489460780
  • 9781489460783
  • 516,988

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'Krasnostein's playful yet heartfelt debut is one of the most arresting works of biography you will read in a long time.' -- The Guardian 'Through countless encounters with the fetid, the neglected, and the downright tragic, Parkhurst has found meaning and peace, and [author] Krasnostein a singular subject whom she approaches with well-deserved awe.' -- Booklist '[Sandra] is one of the most extraordinary characters you will ever find in a work of non-fiction ... The Trauma Cleaner is a disturbing and fascinating read with a heavy, beating heart at its centre ... [Krasnostein] shows how a writer can empathise and engage with a subject yet still paint a realistic portrait.' -- The Australian
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About Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a doctorate in criminal law. A fourth generation American and a third generation Australian, she has lived and worked in both countries. Sarah's narrative non-fiction is inspired by the invisible and marginalised worlds hinted at in the many criminal cases she has read over the past fifteen years. She lives in Melbourne and spends part of the year working in New York City. The Trauma Cleaner (Text Publishing / St Martin's Press) is her first book. Rachael is a highly qualified and sought-after dialect coach and voice artist. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Acting from the Victorian College of the Arts, and is known for roles in Blue Heelers (1994) and The Sunset Six (2013).
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