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


3 Earthquakes, 1 Coup d’état and a Handful of Revolutions is a light account of the often ridiculous and sometimes alarming situations the author encounters while working as a psychologist with the United Nations.

Tracing the path from growing up in South Africa and as a young student opposed to the apartheid regime in the 1970s, her subsequent work takes her to a string of humanitarian crises, starting in Albania in 1999 where she meets and falls in love with a younger man, a coup d’état in Madagascar in 2009, the 2010 revolution in Thailand and to places off the beaten tourist track such as Liberia, Haiti, Syria, and Darfur.  

The tales of her extraordinary experiences and those of the humanitarian workers she encounters in these challenging contexts reveal the impact of this work on their lives and the toll it takes, highlighting the shortcomings in their protection and care.

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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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