Monday, April 7, 2014

Top ten books on memory

Charles Fernyhough is an award-winning writer and psychologist. His book A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind was a Parade magazine pick of the week and has been translated into seven languages. The author of two novels, The Auctioneer and A Box of Birds, Fernyhough has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and the Sunday Telegraph; contributes to public radio's Radiolab; blogs for Psychology Today; and is a part-time Professor of Psychology at Durham University, UK.

Fernyhough's latest book is Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts.

One of the author's top ten books on memory, as shared at the Guardian:
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

To the extent to which they track selves through time, all novels are about memory. But Barnes's 2011 Man Booker-winning novel thinks more deeply about it than most. Middle-aged protagonist Tony finds himself trying to make sense of past relationships and their painful consequences, questioning the reliability of his own story-telling mind as he explores how memories are charged with and shaped by emotion.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see Edmund Morris's five best novels on time and memory.

The Page 99 Test: Charles Fernyhough's Pieces of Light.

--Marshal Zeringue