Troubador The Struggle Continues

Released: 28/02/2021

ISBN: 9781800460805

eISBN: 9781800468283

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The Struggle Continues

“I did the best I could. Let those who can, do more”

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At 10am on the 3rd of May, 2013, Paul walked into the therapy room. The sense of fear was immediate and palpable. He was shaking, hadn’t slept meaningfully for weeks, was barely able to function and in unbearable psychological and physical pain. However, this story of everything that had led up to this moment and what happened next, is being told from the other end of the therapist’s couch. A first-person account of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the life that led to it, and the challenges faced together by Paul his daughter Natasha during the fight back.  


With nothing held back, this is an intimate and up-close look at how childhood abuse, trauma led to a spiral of self-destruction until the reunion of father and daughter starts a journey on the long, hard road back to health. This isn’t a story of recovery or cure. This is learning to adapt and overcome from severe psychological injury and to accept that the struggle continues. It is written for all those who never stood a chance, all those without a voice who are still hidden behind the veil of silence, and all those held mute by the stigma of abuse, trauma and mental illness that pervades our society.

At 10am on the 3rd of May, 2013, Paul walked into the therapy room. The sense of fear was immediate and palpable. He was shaking, hadn t slept meaningfully for weeks, was barely able to function and in unbearable psychological and physical pain. However, this story of everything that had led up to this moment and what happened next, is being told from the other end of the therapist s couch. A first-person account of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the life that led to it, and the challenges faced together by Paul his daughter Natasha during the fight back.
With nothing held back, this is an intimate and up-close look at how childhood abuse, trauma led to a spiral of self-destruction until the reunion of father and daughter starts a journey on the long, hard road back to health. This isn t a story of recovery or cure. This is learning to adapt and overcome from severe psychological injury and to accept that the struggle continues. It is written for all those who never stood a chance, all those without a voice who are still hidden behind the veil of silence, and all those held mute by the stigma of abuse, trauma and mental illness that pervades our society.

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Reading this book feels like reading parts of my own story back at me. Parts of me that I never have and probably never will be courageous enough to tell another living soul. The journey of therapy involves breaking down every single part of you. Rebuilding yourself again is the biggest voyage anyone can take! In this book you both write about this process so much better than I’ve ever been able to articulate in my own mind.

Thank you! Thank you thank you thank you. From deep within my soul.

Today, for the first time, I feel much less alone in that journey. And what’s more for the things I can’t even begin to articulate to the ones I love, I have this book. An actual, physical book, which I can hand to the one I love and say, if you want to understand me... read this.

by Anonymous


The strength and resilience of Paul and Natasha’s relationship, a relationship which has forged itself that way to survive, is nothing short of inspiring.

It’s hard not to read this and feel deeply privileged to be let in on the inside of such a vulnerable, raw, and mind-blowingly powerful story.

The journey of therapy, of rebuilding yourself is immense and Paul & Natasha describe it so well.

Their individual unique ways of storytelling and different viewpoints provide a delicate insight into the impact of childhood trauma and its knock-on effects and perceptions. I was drawn in from the start, on the edge of my seat, eyes wide open as if I’m witnessing something so secret and hidden from the world. Two inner worlds. One humongous journey. The kind of journey which is rarely shared. I am in awe of Paul’s courage and strength and his drive to make a difference in the world. And of Natasha’s softness and compassion. There were many moments where I couldn’t put this book down

by Amanda


Reading this book feels like reading parts of my own story back at me. Parts of me that I never have, and probably never will be, courageous to tell another living soul. The journey of therapy involves breaking down every single part of you. Rebuilding yourself again is the biggest voyage anyone can take! In this book, Paul and Natasha write about this process so much better than I’ve ever been able to articulate in my own mind.

Thank you! Thank you thank you thank you. From deep within my soul.

Today, for the first time, I feel much less alone in that journey. And what’s more. For the things I can’t even begin to articulate to the ones I love, I have this book. An actual, physical book, which I can hand to the one I love and say, if you want to understand me... read this.

by Anon


This was a beautifully written book and like stated it is a very difficult read. There aren’t many books on C-ptsd, especially first-hand accounts, so I was interested to read this. Another thing I loved was that it’s written by a father and daughter, so we get the firsthand account and the perspective of a loved one. Ultimately, it’s a story of hope, but also acknowledging the fact that the healing continues. Thank you to the publisher, Netgalley and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.

by NetGalley


Paul and Natasha Fjelrad

Paul Fjelrad is a consultant, liveaboard sailor, and outspoken advocate on mental health since being diagnosed with C-PTSD.

Natasha Fjelrad is an aspiring writer and apprentice chef, having published several short stories in Denmark. She was diagnosed with autism at a young age.


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