Troubador 3 Earthquakes, 1 Coup d'état and a Handful of Revolutions

Released: 28/06/2021

ISBN: 9781800462144

eISBN: 9781800469662

Format: Paperback/eBook

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3 Earthquakes, 1 Coup d'état and a Handful of Revolutions


A travel memoir of the funny, ridiculous and sometimes alarming events the author experienced while working as a psychologist in the United Nations system and as a woman traveling alone to several hot-spots around the world, as diverse as Haiti, Pakistan, Darfur, Liberia, Madagascar and Syria. 

Her stories of the aid workers she encounters in the far-flung places and the challenging contexts she travels to provide a rare insight into the hidden world of humanitarian aid, highlighting aspects of the dysfunctionality of the United Nations, especially in the ways in which it has fallen short in its protection of its employees. As her narrative unfolds it also reveals the impact that this work has on her own life, balancing the roles of aid worker with those of wife and mother, and the toll that it takes.  

The background of her childhood in South Africa and growing awareness of the evil of the apartheid regime provides the context to her involvement in this work, and offers an enlightening glimpse into the life of a young white woman growing up under apartheid during the 1960s and 1970s. She also describes meeting and falling in love with a handsome, younger man while working in Albania, and how their love story thrives, against all odds.

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Penelope Curling

Born and raised in South Africa, Penelope Curling currently lives the life of a global nomad, moving across countries and continents with her husband, wherever their work takes them. She is grounded by her two adult children who live in the Netherlands, and her birth family in South Africa, and spends as much time as she can in these two countries, while regularly indulging in her love of France: more specifically its food, wine and Mediterranean coast. A certified clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Penelope has spent most of her career working for the United Nations, although she has recently devoted more time to develop her passion for writing.

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