Victims of Memory: Incest Accusations and Shattered Lives

by Mark Pendergrast

On Sale: 21/06/2012



About the Book

‘I doubt whether any book of greater importance will be published in 1997.’ Anthony Storr, The Times.

In March, 1995, a Winchester father is imprisoned for eight years on the uncorroborated oral evidence of his daughter, who had recovered memories of sexual abuse while in psychiatric care; a Yorkshire father is freed, seventeen months after his arrest, when the Prosecution finally admit that his 22-year-old’s allegations against him were entirely false.

Victims of Memory examines the whole terrifying phenomenon of repressed memories: the sudden invention/recollection in adulthood of appalling sexual abuse committed by parents and relatives long, long, before, memories that have lain unnoticed at the back of the victim’s mind for decades, only to be ‘recovered’ by an enterprising analyst. The book uses real cases and real lives, here, in America and in Australia, to present all sides of the story: accusers, the accused, the retractors and the analysts in their own words.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007457540
  • ISBN 10: 0007457545
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 21/06/2012
  • Pages: 780
  • List Price: 13.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse


Mark Pendergrast spent over two years writing and researching this book after suddenly being accused by and alienated from his two daughters in 1992. His 1993 history, For God, Country and Coca-Cola, was a Notable Book of the Year for the New York Times.

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