You Can't Crack Me.... I'm a Rubber Duck!

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Author’s review

I would like to thank FirstEditing.com and especially Dr. Marian for your prompt, efficient service, and also for Dr. Marian's comments! :)

The comments from Dr. Marian gave me inspiration, which proved to be very helpful and educational and motivated me to publish my book, "You Can't Crack Me.... I'm a Rubber Duck!"

Thank you ever so much for all your help and I look forward to working with you again in the future!

Warm Regards

Charlie Northage :)

A short introduction

From a thirteen-year-old runaway sleeping in a “cardboard box city” deep within London’s urban streets, Charlie somehow summoned the stamina and resilience to triumph over a relentless string of adversities, betrayals, rejections, and losses which persistently dogged his life, to pursue a successful twelve-year career in the British Army.

            Leaving military service, and forced to accept any kind of low-wage labour, he struggled with an undiagnosed case of PTSD which eventually led to alcoholism and attempted suicide. Yet throughout his life he continued to meet each new challenge with a firm determination not to be beaten.

    

            You Can’t Crack Me… I’m a Rubber Duck! is an account of frequent personal misjudgments, failures, and heartbreaking remorse. 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. Without pulling any punches he reveals himself to us as he is.

            Sprinkled with loving kindness, abiding affection, and heartwarming compassion and gratitude for those closest to him, it is, above all, an attempt by a father to divulge his life story in order to bequeath a legacy to the children he lost years ago. They never realized 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.

Author: Charlie Northage

Having survived a turbulent early life Charlie Northage entered the British army and served for twelve successful years. Upon release from the military his attempts to find civilian employment proved fruitless and his life became a continual struggle against the devastating effects of an undiagnosed case of PTSD which eventually led to divorce, the loss of his beloved children, alcoholism, and attempted suicide.

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. His personal story is presented in his book, You Can’t Crack Me.... I’m a Rubber Duck!

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