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Leigh Sales: Admitting Doubt, Reflecting On Mistakes And Striving To Be Better

In her latest book, Any Ordinary Day, host of the ABC's 7:30 Report Leigh Sales delivers a brilliant mediation on grief, resilience and what comes afterwards - as well as how we can all do better throughout.

By Astrid Edwards

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In her latest book, Any Ordinary Day, host of the ABC's 7:30 Report Leigh Sales delivers a brilliant mediation on grief, resilience and what comes afterwards - as well as how we can all do better throughout.

By Astrid Edwards

Leigh Sales explores territory few public figures dare to tread in Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience, and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life. I expected interviews with well-known survivors of tragedy and trauma, with a hint of the personal from Leigh herself. Leigh does deliver this. The interviews are beautifully written, equal parts thoughtful and thought-provoking. Leigh gives voice to questions most people only think and few occasionally whisper. Never do they publish them in a book. “I wanted to ask people things that everyone wants to know, but that you would feel too awkward in real life to ask about,” Leigh said of her third book.

But this is not simply journalism, nor is this the Leigh Sales we watch on television. “I did something that journalists never do,” Leigh said. “I let them read their section of the book because I felt like they’d been through enough and I didn’t want to add to it by having on the record something that upset them”.

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