How To Forget is Marius Brill’s second novel.
It’s about Magicov The Magnificent, The Great Illusionist, who earns his living entertaining geriatrics in care homes.
But Magicov (also known as Peter) envies them – they’ve mastered a trick that alludes him:
They can forget.
There are so many things Peter yearns not to remember: the shame of an eight-year-old wrecking his life; the FBI agent who hunts him like a dog; that suitcase stuffed with a million pounds.
More than anything Peter wants to forget Kate, the expert con woman. The one he loved. The one he lost.
For renowned Brain-scientist Dr Tavasligh, Peter’s craving to escape makes him the perfect candidate for a bold experiment in changing minds – forever.
Faced with this opportunity, will Peter go through with it? And if he does, who will he become?
A thrilling cat-and-mouse adventure of haunted and hunted, illusion, deceit, love, death and revenge.
‘”How to Forget” is a genuinely funny romp through some of the darker areas of the human mind and some of the more life-threatening areas of mentalism and magic. An engaging and good-hearted read.’
‘A funny, clever and twisted tale of grifters and con tricks with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure…it’s a joy to read and each time I picked it up I found myself smiling…If you are looking for a funny, but intelligent and highly original story, this is a great choice.’ –The Bookbag
‘A fast-paced, complex adventure story…How To Forget has some of the cleverest plot twists I’ve come across…I’ll certainly be thinking about it for a long time to come. Recommended.’
–Farm Lane Books –
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Some said it was murder. A good many thought it well deserved.
Others reckoned it more likely to be suicide. The police speculated
on a kidnapping for a while, but no ransom demand was ever
made and no body, alive or dead, was ever found.
The jokes doing the email rounds at the time tended to revolve
around Dr Tavasligh, who specialized in the causes of forgetfulness,
ironically forgetting the way home, or suffering amnesia, or
suddenly remembering that science has ethics.
Tavasligh was certainly no stranger to death threats. The storm
of outrage caused, almost a decade ago, by the publication of an
experiment that seemed to cross ethical boundaries forced the neuropsychologist
But then, just over three years ago, Tavasligh disappeared completely
and, despite the feverish theories, no trace was left.
Thinking TV – Marius Brill talks about How To Forget with psychologist Raj Persaud in Subtext
BBC Radio 2 – Talking about Memory with Paddy O’Connell on the Jeremy Vine Show
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