Any Ordinary Day, by Leigh Sales (Penguin Australia 2018)

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An extraordinary book by the Australian journalist Leigh sales about what happens to people when they are struck by life-changing events, especially those that involve the intrusive glare of the media. She also condenses the latest research on the way the human mind processes grief, and finds courage where she expected to find broken lives. She talks to victims of the Port Arthur massacre, the Lindt Cafe siege, and others, but also interview John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia at the time of Port Arthur, about the thinking behind his response to that tragedy in changing Australia's gun laws. This is a deep and profound book.