Released on 29th July
Remembering Our Childhood: How Memory Betrays Us
By Karl Sabbagh
In this fascinating and sometimes disturbing book, the well-known writer Karl Sabbagh looks at psychologists' present understanding of the nature of memory, especially recollections of childhood, and how, in cases of so-called 'recovered memories', the unreliability and flexibility of memory has led to tragic consequences, destroying the lives of whole families.
978-0-19-921841-7 | paperback | 14th July 2011
- Tackles an intense and topical issue in the climate of growing anxiety and even paranoia about child abuse
- Brings together the growing scientific understanding of the nature of memory with the contemporary social issues of vulnerable patients with depression and eating disorders, claims of child abuse, types of therapy, and high profile court cases
- A vivid and engaging account full of comments quoted from interviews with leading psychologists and excerpts from transcripts of interviews used in court
- Well-known and established writer, author of Palestine: a personal history and other books
While other books have been written on the dangers of the concept of recovered memory, Sabbagh here puts the story in the wider perspective of our growing scientific understanding of memory, and argues strongly for the critical role of scientific evidence in cases involving the memory of witnesses.
Never less than fascinating. - William Leith, Financial Times
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