Book: You Can't Crack Me... I'm a Rubber Duck by Charlie Northagecategories: Book, Memoir, Survivor, Alcoholism, Suicide, PTSD, Struggle, Triumph, Extraordinary, Incredible Odds, True Story, Real Life, Autobiography
Charlie Northageabout this book: From a young runaway, sleeping deep within London's urban streets, Charlie served twelve years in the British army. His life became a continual struggle against the devastating effects of PTSD. This led to divorce, the loss of his beloved children, alcoholism, and attempted suicide. An emotional rollercoaster.
This book is a memoir/biography and was inspired by the absence of his children. "The hardest part of writing the book, without question, was the "For Max's Sake" chapter," says Charlie.
It was only after years of wrestling with his solitary torments that a successful diagnosis gave him the regained confidence and strength to tackle the difficult journey toward a happier life. Without pulling any punches he reveals himself to us as he is, a human being whom we, if we are honest, can all recognise as akin to ourselves. Without indulging in self-pity or self-justification, this is the story of an honest man, one who searches the very depths of his hidden pains and personal failings as well as his deepest joys and achievements.
Sprinkled with loving kindness, abiding affection, and heartwarming compassion and gratitude for those closest to him, it is, above all, a father divulging his life story in order to bequeath a legacy to the children he lost years ago. They never realised the deep love their father had for them, nor the anguish their absence caused him. Ever hovering in the back of his conscience are the faces of his children and an underlying sense of loss. From their father who loves them deeply, this is their legacy.
The cover art was by Olivia June (OliviaJune.gallery) who was amazing at creating something from a few questions regarding the contents of the book.
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