When The Dust Settles | Trade Paperback | By Lucy Easthope

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  • When the Dust Settles - Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Lucy Catherine Easthope
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication date: 31 Mar 2022
  • Category: Biography / Social Impact Of Disasters
  • Size: 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
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When the Dust Settles by Lucy Easthope


Lucy Easthope lives with disaster every day. When a plane crashes, a bomb explodes, a city floods or a pandemic begins, she's the one they call.

Lucy is a world-leading authority on recovering from disaster. She has been at the centre 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, Lucy 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, Lucy 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 candour, When the Dust Settles lifts us up by showing that humanity, hope and humour can - and must - be found on the darkest days.


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

'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.' Telegraph

'A remarkable account...that it is ultimately hopeful and uplifting, is down to the utter human decency that the author represents.' Mail on Sunday

'Enthralling...though laced with bleak humour, this vivid and humane book forces readers to look into some exceptionally dark places' Observer

About the Author

Professor Lucy Easthope LLB MSc PhD is a leading authority on recovering from disaster. For over two decades she has challenged others to think differently about what comes next, after tragic events. She is a passionate and thought-provoking voice in an area that few know about: emergency planning.She is a Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham where she Co-Founded the After Disaster Network, is a Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and a Research Associate at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand.


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