Ola Henmo and Torstein Lerhol

The Story of Torstein Lerhol

What is the value of a life, what price are we willing to pay to include everyone, what makes life worth living, and do people with disabilities receiving benefits have a an obligation of paying back?

According to the doctors’ judgement, Torstein Lerhol suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, SMA, would not pass two years of age. He is now 32 years old, weighing 20 kg and his breathing capacity is 11%. He spends his life lying in a wheelchair, he can move only one finger, and he’s dependent on assistance 24/7. However, this does not prevent him from working as a politician, being a business leader and lecturer, nor from traveling around the world. The book describes how he manages it all, and acts as a breaking rod to different dilemmas related to otherness.

Unrestrained is not only well written but also impressing in it´s narrative. Ola Henmo has written an exceptionally wise book about Torstein Lerhols indomitable will to live and the good helpers he is surrounded with. Highly recommended!

Dagbladet 6/6

An impressive portrait of a very special man. This is a book that is interesting as well as smart.


Ola Henmo and Torstein Lerhol

Ola Henmo (b. 1965) is a freelancer who has previously worked for 15 years at Aftenposten. His other books include Battles. A Portrait of Kim Friele (2015).

Torstein Lerhol (b. 1986) suffers from Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). He weighs 20 kg and his breathing capacity is 11 percent. He spends his life in a wheelchair, can only move one finger and is dependent on 24 hour assistance. None of this prevents him from working as a politician, business leader and lecturer – or from traveling the world

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Edited October 29, 2020 by Cappelen Damm Agency