Sarah Krasnostein wins twice at Victorian Premier Literary Awards 2018

Feb 2, 2018

Sarah Krasnostein’s biography of Sandra Pankhurst, The Trauma Cleaner, took home two awards at this year’s Victorian Premier Literary Awards, including the top prize of the night, the Victorian Prize for Literature. The Trauma Cleaner was also awarded the Prize for Nonfiction, with Krasnostein winning a total of $125,000. Established in 2011, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards recognize excellence in Australian writing.

The Trauma Cleaner follows Pankhurst as she cleans crime scenes and homes destroyed by filth, death, and sickness. Krasnostein writes of Pankhurst’s life as a young boy orphan, then as a father, then a transitioning sex worker, and finally the owner and operator of Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services. The book has previously been praised as “one of the most arresting works of biography you will read in a long time” by The Guardian.