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As explored in my memoir, All That I Forgot, I know what it’s like to have prolonged amnesia. Due to me emergence from it, I’ve become a follower of amnesia stories in books, films, TV shows and even the odd podcast. Please join me for All Things Amnesia below.

All That I Forgot

As of May 2024, my memoir All That I Forgot is changing hands. The publisher, Bad Apple Press, is closing its doors. Presently, it’s available on Booktopia. Stay tuned to find out where it will be available in future. Or contact me at

All That I Forgot by Anne Howell, an amnesia memoir

All Things Amnesia| – Blog

Gregory Peck with amnesia in Spellbound

Spellbound, 1945

Spellbound is fabulous as a film in itself and if you want to get a feel for the history of amnesia in cinema. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this brilliant psychological thriller is based on a novel, The House of Doctor…

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Feature film.Director: Christos Nikou.Screenplay: Nikou and Stavros Raptis.Starring: Aris Servetalis as Aris, Sofia Georgovasili, Anna Kalaitzidou, and Argiris Bakirtzis. Production: Cate Blanchett serves as an executive producer with her production company Dirty Films. Released: 2020.Australian streaming: SBS OnDemand, select cinemas.Rotten…

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The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum

Me and Jason Bourne

Dare I compare myself with Jason Bourne? We may seem like an unlikely pair considering Jason Bourne is a sharp shooting fictional character in an American spy thriller and I am a pacifist woman living a quiet life in Australia….

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The Answer to the Riddle is Me: a Tale of Amnesia

The Answer to the Riddle is Me

“I was standing when I came to. Not lying down. And it wasn’t a gradual waking process. It was darkness, darkness, darkness, then snap. Me. Now awake. It was hot. My thin shirt clung to my back and shoulders, and…

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We were Liars

We Were Liars

We Were Liars is a short novel, perfect for any reader who wants a small pacy read and is prepared to slip into the skin of an impetuous American teenager. True to its YA nature, there is an impassioned, impossible…

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Guy Pierce as Leonard Shelby the ten-minute man, with anterograde amnesia


Happy Birthday, Memento! It’s 21 years since Memento came to Australian viewers 1 as a masterpiece of cinematic subjectivity directed by Christopher Nolan. Once seen, it’s hard to forget the vengeful amnesiac, Leonard Shelby, played by…

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Su Meck and her memoir of amnesia

I Forgot to Remember

In 1988 Su Meck, a 22-year-old mother of two young boys, was at home in Texas when she swung her six-month-old son around playfully in the air. Unbeknownst to her, part of his body brushed against a precariously connected ceiling…

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The Beautiful Fall is a novel about love and memory loss

The Beautiful Fall

The Premise Every 179 days, a young man named Robbie forgets everything about his past due to a rare neurological condition. Thus the premise of the novel thrusts us into fantasy amnesia, a whole sub-genre of amnesia fiction in itself,…

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Room 15 a gripping thriller with amnesia at its core

Room 15

I caught up with the best-selling English author of the novel Room 15, Charles Harris to discuss his writer’s life, views on amnesia in fiction and more. Room 15 is a psychological thriller, with a case of amnesia at its…

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Lisa Genova's Still Alice

Still Alice

Alice Howland is a linguistics expert and professor teaching at Harvard University, thus when she forgets what the word ‘lexicon’ means while delivering a lecture, it is more telling than if someone else were to have forgotten it. So begins…

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The Moostone cover by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone

If you think the first English detective novel, written in Dickens’s day, would be too dated to bother reading, think again. The Moonstone remains to this day a cracking good yarn, offering engaging and colourful characters, a dark mystery tinged…

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The novel Pew by Catherine Lacey


As I read Pew my opinion of it swung wildly. One minute I thought it ground-breaking and brilliant, the next it disappointed. I do not usually have two minds about books, but then Pew is not your usual book. The…

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