Ep:49 Sarah Krasnostein – The Trauma Cleaner

Before she was a Trauma Cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, sex 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 garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion.The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose.

Sandra Pankhurst

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.

Read more about Sarah Krasnostein here

Congratulations to Sarah on winning Australia’s richest literary prize 2018



  1. Wow, what an amazing story. Sandra must be an incredible woman and I can’t wait to read the book. Thanks for another great interview Rose.


  2. Hi Rose Jenny told me about your podcasts. I have listened to quite a few and I have loved everyone of your interviews. All so interesting. You are a fantastic interviewer. The authors tell you so much. I love knowing where the stories come from .
    Just fabulous
    Val Wilton


    1. Hi Val, Lovely to hear from you and thank you for those kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying the podcasts, it’s been my labour of love for the past 12 months, so hopefully I’m getting better at it. Rose x


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