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The trauma cleaner : one woman's extraordinary life in death, decay & disaster / by Sarah Krasnostein.

By: Krasnostein, Sarah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne, Victoria : Text Publishing Company, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781925498523 (paperback).Subject(s): Pankhurst, Sandra | Cleaning personnel | Accidents | Violent deathsDDC classification: 361 Summary: 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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Non-fiction BIOG 361 PANK Issued 06/10/2019 IA1561944
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Non-fiction BIOG 361 PANK Issued 10/10/2019 IA1436937
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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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