When the Dust Settles: Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster

Author(s) : Lucy Easthope

When the Dust Settles: Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster

Book Details

  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
  • Published : 2022
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 292
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Category 2 :
  • Catalogue No : 96426
  • ISBN 13 : 9781529358247
  • ISBN 10 : 9781529358

Reviews and Endorsements


'An essential, uplifting read, brimming with humanity, humility and humour' - Professor Dame Sue Black

A book of horror and hope, written with rare humanity. - John Sutherland, bestselling author of Blue and Crossing The Line

A riveting no-nonsense memoir that pulls back the curtains on your worst fears and shows you that someone, somewhere, will always truly care. - Jenny Colgan

Outstanding... a graphic but deeply humane account of what drew her to take on such work, and how she steels herself to tackle the worst of human scenarios. - The Bookseller

"I think what 'When the Dust Settles' taught me is that all experiences are of value, even major disasters of the sort that Easthope has experienced over her extraordinary career. In the words of Leonard Cohen:

"There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in"

Easthope shows us how perfection and imperfection are woven together. Everything is flawed. Yet there is also hope despite the flaws. It is through the cracks, and through the dogged dedication of disaster experts like Easthope, who has been an adviser on nearly every major disaster for the last twenty years, that the light comes in. Hold onto that thought as we navigate dark days ahead." - Rachel Kelly, mental health advocate and author of Sunday Times bestseller Black Rainbow: How words can heal - my journey through depression.

'This generosity is one of the things that makes the book so powerful, all the more as it never slips into a sentimental glossing over of incompetence or insensitivity. Easthope makes no secret of her anger, but takes care that it should be properly understood and directed, and doesn't create more stigma, fear, defensiveness and failure. Both in its style and in its substance, this is a profoundly moral book, written with deceptive conversational ease; it opens up a world of terrible and extreme experience, but stubbornly continues to look at what's there, the inner and outer landscape of what Easthope is not afraid to call the soul.... whether she knows it or not, she is that rare thing, a genuine philosopher thinking through what she is actually doing in the mitigation of human suffering, grief and isolation. This book is more searching as an analysis of human needs and nature than a good many technical volumes on the subject' - New Statesman

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