My Memories of a Future Life

My Memories of a Future Life

by Roz Morris
     
 

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'Genius premise ... characters you won't want to leave behind.'

‘Reminded me of The End of Mr. Y and Our Tragic Universe, by Scarlett Thomas (one of my Top Shelf Authors = I Want To Write Like That When I Grow Up.)’

‘Reminded me of Doris Lessing--though Morris is much more readable.’

‘The ideas are fresh, the plot

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'Genius premise ... characters you won't want to leave behind.'

‘Reminded me of The End of Mr. Y and Our Tragic Universe, by Scarlett Thomas (one of my Top Shelf Authors = I Want To Write Like That When I Grow Up.)’

‘Reminded me of Doris Lessing--though Morris is much more readable.’

‘The ideas are fresh, the plot unpredictable and the characters interesting; I was entirely engaged and convinced. I also liked the writing very much, with its story within a story having echoes of Atwood's 'Blind Assassin'.

‘Distinct voice reminded me of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.’
‘Having read Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black, which also explores the murky lives of charlatans, I was intrigued by the subject matter. What I got was a first class page-turner.’

‘I was reminded of Iain Banks; London =is artfully drawn, a gritty, grave place, where to step off the treadmill can leave one quickly on the outside.’

‘Reminded me at first of The Time Traveller's wife; the imagery is strong and it has layers of story within a story. However it grew into something quite different.’

‘Gave me the creepy feeling of Rosemary's Baby or the Wicker Man’

‘Like John Fowles's The Magus ... the sort of literature I enjoy reading, an unsettling plot with hints of more beyond. It's not the depressing realism of your typical Booker novelist or the light fluffiness of a slice of middle class city life.’

‘Like Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland, although this book uses its double narrative in a more straightforward fashion (which I appreciate).’

‘I have had to wrestle with monsters of professional jealousy to review this book. It is SO good.’

‘Reminds me of the canny cultural observations of Barbara Pym or Penelope Fitzgerald. Prepare to be surprised, mystified, and sorry it ends.’

‘Not easily categorised. Should I call it a literary novel? Science Fiction? Romance? You could make a case for any one.’

‘Excellent. Will read it again soon.’

If your life is another person's past…

What echoes do you leave in their soul?
Could they be the answers you need now?

It’s a question Carol never expected to face. She’s a gifted musician who needs nothing more than her piano and certainly doesn’t believe she’s lived before. But forced by injury to stop playing, she fears her life may be over. Enter her soulmate Andreq: healer, liar, fraud and loyal friend. Is he her future incarnation or a psychological figment? And can his story help her discover how to live now?

My Memories of a Future Life is much more than a 'who was I' tale. It’s a provocative study of the shadows we don’t know are driving our lives, from our own pasts and from the people with us right now. An examination of what we believe, what we create and how we scare and heal each other.

Above all, it’s the story of how one lost soul searches for where she now belongs.

'I was always fascinated by tales of regression to past lives,' says the author Roz Morris. ‘I thought, what if instead of going to the past, someone went to a future life? Who would do that? Why? What would they find?

‘I began to delve into the world of the classical musician. Musical scores are exacting and dictatorial - you play a note for perhaps a sixth of a second and not only that, there are instructions for how to feel - expressivo, amoroso.

'It's as if you don't play a piece of classical music; you channel the spirit of the composer. And I thought, what if she couldn’t do it any more? And then, what if I threw her together with someone who could trap the part of her that responded so completely to music?’

My Memories of a Future Life was originally published in 4 episodes. This is the complete novel.

Roz Morris is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence. She has a secret identity as a ghostwriter and is the author of several bestsellers under other names.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'As a bookseller I have to read 100s of books. Rarely do I read books more than once for pleasure - this book is one of them - it really is that good ... Roz's books .. are so good that I just leave copies on the counter, talk about them a bit and let them sell themselves.'
Peter Snell, Barton's Bookshop, Leatherhead, Surrey

'A strange and stubborn book, visual and visceral, original and odd... will stay with you long after finishing its final pages' - For Books' Sake

'Classy, stylish writing, a profound tale in page-turning fashion. Unreservedly recommended.' John Whitbourn, Victor Gollancz award winner.

'I was seriously impressed by a writer of such skill and confidence. She dances between plausible reality and the shadowy realm of interpretation, underpinned by evident intelligence. A real corker, in fact.'
Jill Marsh, Words With Jam

'Fine writing, skilled storytelling, excellent pacing, twists, turns, and a story that both entertains and informs. What a welcome relief spending time under the spell of such a skilled artist. Amazingly different.'
Maryann Madsen

'I am seconding the reviewer who said "I want to talk to someone about this book!" It's a born book club selection with a maze of ideas, questions and themes to discuss. I'm always on the lookout for fiction that takes creative risks, draws me in with a compelling voice and shows a real mastery of the craft of writing. This book does all that and more. My Memories of a Future Life delivers on a genius premise with grace and storytelling skill.The plot points have been covered here already (a little too well in a few cases), and really, a synopsis of the book doesn't address what (for me) it's really about: the endless slipstream of possibilities of human existence. The author takes control of what could be a tangle of threads in less skilled hands. She makes it accessible, charms us with characters we don't want to leave behind and challenges us with a complex idea we couldn't leave behind if we wanted to.A thoroughly entertaining, thought-provoking, wonderfully moving verismo of a novel.'
Joni Rodgers, League of Extraordinary Authors

'Sinister elements reminiscent of The League of Gentlemen and The Prisoner ... balance between intrigue, mild terror and charlatanism is perfectly maintained ... I need to talk to someone about this book'
Ruby Barnes, Build Another Bookshelf

'Like John Fowles's The Magus ... combining an unsettling plot with hints of more beyond. It's not the depressing realism of your typical Booker novelist or the light fluffiness of a slice of middle class city life. Enjoyed it immensely.'
Matt Kelland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044378926
Publisher:
Roz Morris
Publication date:
03/14/2013
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
430 KB

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Meet the Author

Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. Her novels under her own name are My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three.

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