The Trauma Cleaner
The Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein
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Shortlisted for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Non-Fiction: "...simply crackles with life."

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 rubbish 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.

Winner, Victorian Prize for Literature, 2018

Winner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, 2018

Winner, Australian Book Industry Awards, General Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2018

Winner, Dobbie Literary Award, 2018

Finalist, Walkley Book Award 2018

Shortlisted, Wellcome Prize for Non-Fiction (UK)

Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted, Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction, 2018

Shortlisted, Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2018

Shortlisted, Moran Nib Literary Award

Shortlisted, ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, 2018

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ISBN 9781925498523
Publisher Text Publishing
Format Paperback
Pages 261
Publication date 2 October 2017

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