The Trauma Cleaner One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster

Sarah Krasnostein

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A poignant and powerful celebration of one remarkable woman’s unrelenting drive to make order from chaos.

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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ISBN – 9781925603897
Publisher – Text Publishing Company
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 01/10/2019
Dimensions – 197mm X 129mm
Categories – Death Spirituality and Ghosts

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