Random House Books has bought a “fascinating exploration of the workings of human memory”.
Senior editor Harry Scoble acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada), US and exclusive European rights to The Memory Illusion by Dr Julia Shaw from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.
Shaw is a forensic psychologist, and in The Memory Illusion, “demonstrates the absolute centrality of memory to our existence, and explores an astonishing variety of ways in which it can go awry – from the puzzling but mundane occurrence of not being able to recall a name you’ve said hundreds of times, to more extreme examples such as people with false memories of committing a violent crime, or even of having been abducted by aliens”.
Scoble said: “In The Memory Illusion Julia Shaw is exploring a topic that goes to the very heart of who we are. It’s a book that will make people question some of their most basic assumptions about how memory works, and by extension some of their most basic assumptions about themselves. It’s utterly compelling and we’re extremely excited Julia’s publisher.”
Random House Books will publish in trade paperback and e-book editions in spring 2016, with a mass-market paperback edition the following year.