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The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster (MP3)
Written by:
Sarah Krasnostein 
Read by:
Rachael Tidd 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 17 minutes 
MP3 size:
383 MB 
October 28 2018 
Available Date:
October 28 2018 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Emotional Wellbeing; True Crime 
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Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards / Victorian Prize for Literature 2018
Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards / Non-Fiction Book Award 2018
Winner Australian Book Industry Award / General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018
Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Award / Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2018
Shortlisted The Indie Book Awards / Non-fiction Award 2018
Shortlisted Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published author 2018

Sarah Krasnostein's The Trauma Cleaner is a love letter to an extraordinary ordinary life. Husband, father, drag queen, sex worker, wife. You've got to hear Sandra's incredible story.

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.

'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.'

'[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