This incredible work of non-fiction is about the transformative life of Sandra Pankhurst: how a little boy raised in neglect became a woman of substance and brought care and respect to a job of grim necessity. This is a beautifully written, inspirational true story of an extraordinary Australian.
Sarah Krasnostein was born in America, studied in Melbourne and has lived and worked in both countries. Earning her doctorate in criminal law, she is a law lecturer and researcher. Her essay, ‘The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner’, was published on Longreads and listed in Narratively’s Top 10 Stories for 2014. She lives in Melbourne, and spends part of the year working in New York City. The Trauma Cleaner is her first book.