Monday, April 07, 2014

Ten top 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:
Austerlitz by WG Sebald

The medium of memory is narrative, and the best writers on the topic can mimic its reconstructive processes. Sebald creates fictions that are like memories themselves: fragments of fact and imagination restlessly reorganised into shifting renditions of the past. Austerlitz's memories of his childhood in Sebald's final novel build to an anxious, enigmatic portrait of a mind trying to place itself in time.
Read about another book on the list.

Austerlitz is among Susheila Nasta's top ten cultural journeys and the top ten works of literature according to Peter Carey.

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

--Marshal Zeringue