Thursday, February 22, 2018

Victorian Premier's Literary Award Winner 2018

Sarah Krasnostein has won the prize for Literature for her first book, 

The Trauma Cleaner: One woman's extraordinary life in death decay & disaster.







This is the biography of Sandra Pankhurst, husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife...

Sandra was raised in violence and excluded from the family home but just wanted to belong. Sandra believes her clients deserve no less.  Sarah Krasnostein has watched as Sandra Pankhurst brings order and care to lives of desperation, to the living and the dead. A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years, a man who bled quietly to death in his lounge room, a woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion.

This is the story of the 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
  • Longlisted, Indie Book Award for Non Fiction 2018

You can find this title on our library catalogue.

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