‘A book of horror and hope’

When the Dust Settles
When the Dust Settles.
Lucy Easthope lives with disaster every day. When a plane crashes, a bomb explodes, a city floods, or a pandemic begins, she is the one they call.
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Easthope is a world-leading authority on recovering from disaster. She has been at the center of the most seismic events of the last few decades, advising on everything from the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to the 7/7 bombings, the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, the Grenfell fire, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In every catastrophe, Easthope is there to pick up the pieces and prepare for the next one. She holds governments to account, helps communities rally together, returns personal possessions to families, and holds the hands of the survivors.

In her moving memoir she reveals what happens in the aftermath and explores how we pick up and rebuild with strength and perseverance. She takes us behind the police tape to scenes of destruction and chaos, introducing us to victims and their families, but also to the government briefing rooms and bunkers, where confusion and stale biscuits can reign supreme.

Telling her own personal story, Easthope looks back at a life spent on the edges of disaster, from a Liverpudlian childhood steeped in the Hillsborough tragedy to the many losses and loves of her career.

With wisdom, resilience, and candor, When the Dust Settles lifts us up by showing that humanity, hope, and humor can — and must — be found on the darkest days.

“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

“... 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.” — New Statesman

‘Enthralling ... though laced with bleak humor, this vivid and humane book forces readers to look into some exceptionally dark places.” —Observer

“Never less than reassuringly humane, 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. She shows and ells and, vitally, cares.” — Telegraph

About the author
Professor Lucy Easthope is the UK’s leading authority on recovering from disaster. She has been an advisor on nearly every major disaster of the past two decades, including the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, 9/11, the 7/7 bombings, the Salisbury Poisonings, Grenfell, and most recently, advising the Prime Minister’s Office on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easthope grew up in Liverpool and has a degree in law, a PhD in medicine, and a Masters in risk, crisis, and disaster management. She is a professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and a fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Center for Death and Society, University of Bath.

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