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When the Dust Settles: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. 'A marvellous book' -- Rev Richard Coles

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And she has been involved in the aftermath of some of the worst disasters of recent times – the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017. It does for disaster what Rachel Clarke's Dear Life has done for palliative medicine and Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt for obstetrics. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together.

Mum described it not as a book that she couldn't put down but one which she had to, repeatedly, to be able to finish it. In a simultaneously heart-breaking and hilarious scene (as DisasterHusband is still very much alive), she recounts how she scooped the plastic bag with her husbands bloody shoes and clothes out of the medical waste bin in hospital. Easthope, who grew up in Liverpool, says it was witnessing the impact of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 that set her on her career path, said Jasper Rees in The Daily Telegraph. In almost every chapter, there was an instance of how she planned for a very specific event and everyone brushed it off.Of course, things don’t always work out the way they are planned for, and the author identifies where mistakes were made. Which must be particularly frustrating for people like Easthope, for whom disaster planning is their bread and butter. A deeply moving and fascinating insight when life is at its most brutal, who comes to organize, support and recover afterwards. It is emotionally grueling at times, yet the author’s calm resolve will help you to deal with death and uncertainty.

But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. Think of a potential disaster, and not only will Easthope have thought of it, she will probably have a binder at hand to tell you what to do in situation X,Y and Z. But this doesn’t fully explain her motivations, or the makeup of an individual who sees the “beauty of [human] decomposition and the way that we break down into our constituent chemicals and minerals”.Later, in my back garden, I found large chunks of charred insulating foam, the sight of which gave me a lump in my throat. And speaking of smells, though there are apparently “some similar compounds in fresh-cut grass, semen, particular vegetables, animal meat and menstrual blood”, nothing quite matches the “assault on your nasal passages” of decomposing bodies. I will also never forget that my friend’s mother was very concerned about the fact that we also had a World Trade Centre in Amsterdam.

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