Gail Bell reviews 'Any Ordinary Day' by Leigh Sales

Gail Bell reviews 'Any Ordinary Day' by Leigh Sales

Any Ordinary Day

by Leigh Sales

Hamish Hamilton, $34.99 pb, 263 pp, 9780143789963

Any Ordinary Day, Leigh Sales’s investigative report from the coalface of tragedy and resilience, is based on solid research and lengthy interviews. Sales, who wants to know the secrets of surviving outrageous fortune, has the journalistic chops to take on the quest. ‘I rely on a particular skill set … I know how to craft a line of questioning,’ she writes early in her new book. Readers familiar with Sales’s on-camera persona as the anchor of ABC television’s The 7.30 Report will perhaps brace themselves for some field surgery as she probes the testimonies of people who have met and overcome one or more tragedies. But those readers may be surprised.

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Published in October 2018, no. 405
Gail Bell

Gail Bell

Gail Bell is an author, essayist, and reviewer. Her first book, The Poison Principle, won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction in 2002 and was published in a new edition with a foreword by Helen Garner in 2017. A new edition of her second book, SHOT (2003), appeared in 2018, under the title Being Shot. Her Quarterly Essay, The Worried Well (2005), led to strong public debate and provoked a national response. Her journalism has appeared in publications in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Website:

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