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The Girl on The Train HIndi

The Girl on the Train

As a novel, The Girl on The Train sure has an afterlife. Released in 2015, written by Paula Hawkins, the latest film it spawned was a 2021 Bollywood production (see pic). The amnesia thriller also inspired two other films. I look back on how…
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The Answer to the Riddle is me a tale of amnesia David Stuart Maclean

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 my underwear was bunched…

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I Forgot to Remeber by Su Meck. a True life story of retrograde and anterograde amnesia all at once.mnesia

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 fan, which came crashing…

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

Memento

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 an emaciated, strung out,…

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The Beautiful Fall

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, and fine by me….

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Room 15 by Charles Harris

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 centre. It was released…

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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 50-year-old Alice’s downward slide…

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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 with the exotic and…

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Latest film & TV

See below for a quick look at some of the amnesia stories streaming on TV. I don’t have access to all things amnesia, so feel free to email me and alert me to your amnesia finds.

Surface new TV series on Apple TV

Surface

TV series produced by Reese Witherspoon.Genre: psychological thriller.Released: July 29, 2022.Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Sophie, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as James, Stephan James as Baden.Country: US.Australian viewers: Apple TV.Rotten Tomatoes: A 53% approval rating with an average rating of 6.3/10, based on…

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Connie from Too Close

Too Close

Three-part TV miniseries 2021.Psychological thriller.Director: Susan Tully.Australian viewers: SBS OnDemand.Cast: Emily Watson as Dr. Emma Robertson, Forensic psychiatrist assigned to the Mortensen case. Denise Gough as Connie Mortensen, Robertson’s patient, is labelled the ‘yummy mummy monster’ in the press. Thalissa…

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Awake – Wa’eet

TV series.Country: Lebanon.Released: 2021.Creator: Nadia Tabbara.Starring Patrick Chemali, Jacques Maroun and Marie-Lou Nahhas.Australian viewers: SBS on Demand.Note: Of the many productions called Awake, look out for the Arabic name Wa’eet. Awake is about a young woman, Dana who wakes up…

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The Tourist series about character with amnesia

The Tourist

Six-part TV series.Genre: mix thriller drama/comedy.Released: Jan 2022.Starring: Jamie Dornan as The Man/Elliot Stanley, Danielle Macdonald as Probationary Constable Helen Chambers. Shalom Brune-Franklin as Luci Miller/Victoria, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Billy Nixon and Alex Dimitriades as Kosta Panigiris.Country: the UK,…

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Footnotes

  1. 22 in America