Memory Craft arose from the responses from readers to my previous book, The Memory Code. It is available in bookshops and many places online, including BookDepository, where the Australian edition is currently the best selling book on memory.
The US edition is on Amazon and lots of other places:
My PhD and Cambridge University Press book, Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies, looked at the extraordinary memory systems of indigenous cultures and the application to archaeology. I wrote the ideas up for a general audience as The Memory Code which was published here in Australia, the US, UK and translated into Czech and Chinese (Traditional). I am delighted with how well it has sold.
I get a lot of mail from readers, but 90% wasn’t about the new theories for Stonehenge and other monuments (as I expected) but asking “how do we apply these methods in contemporary life?”.
*Memory Craft *is the result. I have implemented 40 memory experiments to test out all the different techniques from memory palaces to handheld memory boards. I am encoding all sorts of topics from languages (French and Chinese) to every country in the world, all of history … the list goes on an on. All are open ended experiments:
*Memory Craft *has been out in Australia for 6 months (Allen & Unwin) and is selling really well. It has just been published in the US (Pegasus Books) hence my delight in being able to mention it here. It is being translated into Russian!
I have a very poor natural memory, which is why I started asking the questions about how the hell do Australian Aboriginal people memorise so much stuff. It all went from there. Over a decade after asking that question (and a PhD), I entered memory competitions just to get the experience to write about them. I took out the senior title for 2018 and 2019 in Australia. There was no competition last year. At 68, my memory is way better than it has ever been before.
You can memorise anything once you know the techniques. And they are fun!