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My Memories of a Future Life

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  55 reviews
If your life was somebody’s past …

What echoes would you leave in their soul?

Carol is 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 - could he teach her how to live now?
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 18th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 23rd 2011)
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Karen Perkins
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I will come back to time and again, year after year.

Roz Morris evokes every sense to portray her story of two very individual characters in a complex and destructive relationship, with a shocking twist. I was gripped from the first sentence to the last and simply want more.

This is not just a novel. This is a masterclass.
Ruby Barnes
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to talk to someone about this book

Review of My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris

Last night my wife went off to her local book club and I was so jealous. Not for the normal reason, that her book club is in a pub and I was missing a few pints. No, because she was going to have a chance to discuss with a peer group the book they had all read. I had just finished reading Roz Morris's novel and it has left my head in a spin, with no pub full of cronies to help out.

As a musician, author a
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Put the kettle on and clear your schedule for an afternoon: once you start reading this book, you won’t want to put it down.

Full review, including quotes, at Dark Side of the Covers

Reading My Memories of a Future Life was like experiencing life through another person’s body and mind. I repeatedly found myself falling into the lyrical language and haunting, twisting plot, only to surface with surprise and realize I was now almost late for work, because far more time had passed than I thought.

Debra Hewitt
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In My Memories of a Future Life, Roz Morris has given us a complicated heroine with an engaging voice. Although baffled by some of her actions, I warmed to the narrator, a professional musician, who feels that her life is over when told she can’t play the piano. While coping with a diagnosis of repetitive stress injury which will put her career on hold Carol seeks out a therapist who helps her discover through hypnosis, not a past life as many others have, but a future life. Of course, a future ...more
Clare Flynn
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alli-indies
I loved this book - I was away on a writing retreat and instead of writing I ended up spending hours lying on my bed reading it. In some ways I should have hated it - as a rule I don't like fantasy or science fiction - although My Memories of a Future Life really defies classification. All I know is I was gripped from the beginning.
There was a fascinating transition from the real streets of London to a seaside town in the southwest and I felt an increasing sense of menace. At times it gave me th
Saleena Karim
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel a few months ago in its 'serialised' form. It's a twist on the reincarnation theme; the protagonist (Carol) is taken to her future life instead of her past one. She's a pianist with a mysterious pain her hands and it's threatening to end her career. Whilst she's on a forced break from her professional playing Carol spends some time at a sleepy village, where she meets a man from her school days (Gene). He becomes the therapist who takes her on her journey to the future.

What ma
Grigory Ryzhakov
Carol is a professional pianist who lives consumed in her music world until one day she has to stop playing piano due to a medical condition.

This strange, captivating story is about Carol's struggle to recover. And when the potential cure involves a mystery man and a childhood acquaintance Carol is very much drawn to, this calls for trouble.

What secrets keeps a small town where everyone is abnormally interested in Carol's future reincarnation? I thought the deus ex machine dramatic climax perfec
Jessica Bell
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book I will forever cherish. It is officially the FOURTH book on my shelf with underlined sentences. FOURTH. As you can imagine, it takes a lot for a book to make it to that corner of my bookshelf. The corner which embodies inspiration. The corner I turn to when I need to remind myself that words don't just make a story, they make music. An amazing, stunning, beautiful book.

Favourite lines are:

Page 46: The champagne gave off a biscuity smell. The bubbles sparkled and jumped over the rim
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Lifeform Three (a hauntingly wonderful book that still hangs in my mind)... and while I wouldn't say My Memories... is going to hold the same place as LFT, I will say I definitely need to talk to someone about this book! What did I read?! But that's not a bad thing, believe me. Roz's writing is amazing. She is able to bring you in and capture you until she's willing to let you go. She created a cast of characters so intriguing I didn't realize until I was done that none of them were peop ...more
Leonora Meriel
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A beautifully-written and thoughtful novel that leads the reader into the mind of a professional musician

A professional musician loses the use of her hands and is driven to find ways to recover her beloved music. A chance meeting with an old friend leads her into hypnotherapy and she finds herself, instead of bringing back the world of music she has lost, discovering a future life where she is an indentured energy worker. The sessions lead her to challenge her current situation and her understan
Christopher Spalding
Imaginative and different; the premise is very seductive. Reading this, for me, is more of a slow-burn process in that I find myself thinking about what's going on in the story at times when I don't even have the book in front of me. This is not a disposable novel.
Christopher Spalding
Definitely intriguing, certainly enough to send me straight to Amazon for the remaining three parts.
Tahlia Newland
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I loved it. Interesting, thought-provoking themes, characters that range from mysterious to fantanatical and a nice twist at the end.
Linda Gillard
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, thought-provoking and intriguing genre-buster. Morris is a writer to watch and I look forward to seeing what she does next. (Perfectly formatted indy ebook too.)
Christopher Spalding
A refreshing take on an interesting subject; gives rise to the phrase "and who might you be?"
Janell Madison
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“My Memories of a Future Life” by Roz Morris

Roz Morris is known as a talented author and “My Memories of a Future Life” is a great example of her talent. This book kept me wondering what I was reading and at the same time pushed me to keep reading it until it all came together. Completely unpredictable, going between Carol’s life today and to another, very different, place…read it to understand.-Green Gables Book Reviews

Carol is struggling. The only thing she has ever known is causing her immens
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-writers
I have very confused feelings about this book. I'm reading Roz Morris's non-fiction about writing fiction (Nail Your Novel), which is full of inspiration and great advice. I know also that she has ghost written many novels. So I really expected and wanted to love this book. From the outset I really loved the title. But..... this is where I get really confused and don't know what I think about it. As a whole, did I love it? No. Did I want to stop reading it? No. Is she (In my humble opinion) a "g ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in a very short time, partly because Morris' style is readable, her narrative world quite minimalistic. Mostly in horror at where I saw her taking the main character, Carol.

As the title suggests, this is a story about Carol connecting w/a future self via hypnosis. If Morris herself has undergone hypnosis in the same manner Carol does, I would suggest she report her practitioner immediately & then run like hell. But I seriously doubt that she has. Her fictitious hypnotist, Gene, reads
Andy Fletcher
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing premise in this debut novel from Roz Morris (ghost writing not withstanding). Evidently having taken tips from her own set of writing advice books, the well observed characters are believably drawn out, warts and all. The two narratives blend well, what could easily have resulted as pretentious, is original, thought provoking and poetic. Recommended, and a book I intend returning to.

The author is nothing if not diverse and I can highly recommend her second novel, Lifeform Three and
Connie Jasperson
Well written and engrossing

This is not a simple or easy book--one cannot read it in one day. It is a complex novel involving troubled protagonists with complicated issues. Morality and ethics are strong themes. Highly recommend it.
Lesley Ogilvie Rice
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Matt Hill
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
Carol Lear is a gifted pianist, but her life in music seems to be over when hand injury stops her from playing. Distraught that she may never play again, a chance meeting with Gene — a young physiotherapist and old acquaintance — puts her on a path to possible recovery. Gene becomes part of Carol’s life as he reveals he is able to help people overcome their pain through hypnotism.

Carol is dismissive of Gene, but also intrigued. Her flatmate and close friend Jerry takes a past-life hypnotic regre
Trevor Veale
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trying to solve the mystery of Roz Morris's My Memories of a Future Life is like trying to catch a shoal of illusive,elusive, multicolored fish that flash past your vision before sheering off into wilder waters.
Carol Lear, a concert pianist living in London and made inactive and irritable through spasms of searing pain lacerating her hands, seeks solace and perhaps a cure through yoga. When surrendering to the yoga teacher's discipline doesn't cut it, she reluctantly surrenders to her curiosity
Greg Bowdish
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always felt that a great literary novel is like a great photograph: in order to make the theme, the truths, the heart of the work stand out, the author needs to know how to blur the background, how to adjust the f-stop to narrow the focal plane and bring into sharp definition those aspects of humanity the author is exploring. The more complex the truths, the blurrier the background needs to be. Books that do this well usually leave you feeling incredibly introspective and self-aware when yo ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remembering Rachmaninoff and Ruby among the seaweed and the flowers.

Beware your alter ego, especially if he is a treacherous incarnation from another place and time.

When I started this book, I was almost sure that I would not care for it, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I enjoy character studies and this is one of the best and most entertaining I have read. This is one of those novels chock full of eccentric, offbeat (and I use the term advisedly) characters and xechers. It reminds me of a quote
Pauline Ross
I have no idea what to make of this. I don't even know how to characterise it: literary paranormal fiction, maybe? Or a psychological... hmm, not thriller, exactly, but mystery, perhaps. And although it was interesting, in an oddball sort of way, it never quite flowed for me. It felt just a bit out of kilter like a slightly convex mirror, everything coming across as distorted. Maybe that's appropriate for the story, I don't know. Certainly the future parts were much more interesting and vivid to ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol is a professional piano player with RSI in her hands and is currently unable to play. Her best friend Jerry suffers from debilitating panic attacks and he asks her to attend a hypnotherapy session with him where he undergoes a past life regression which seems to cure him.
Jerry's cure intrigues Carol and when she encounters Gene, an old school friend who is also skilled in hypnotherapy she begins a tentative relationship with him.
Gene initially hypnotizes Carol against her will and instead
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Memories of a Future Life was originally released in serial form and although it has now been consolidated into a complete novel, evidence of the original format does come through.

Carol Lear is a Royal College of London-trained pianist and, from what we're told, highly successful, albeit not famous. She's suffering from a terrible case of carpal tunnel syndrome, although the doctors don't seem to be able to find a physiological reason for her pain (the medical establishment is painted as a
Daniel Vertrees
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris is a most interesting exploration of deception, manipulation, and obsession. Morris writes with what seems to me a great gentleness. The topics undergirding her story are not gentle. The perversions that are brought about through obsession, be that religious, artistic, or deceptive are gritty and real It is her prose that leads me through the dark undercurrents with artistry. She reveals the tensions, failings, perversions, and triumphs with words the w ...more
Wayne Clark
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let Me Catch My Breath

This is quite a novel. I finished it yesterday and I’m still flailing away trying to come back to the surface of my own consciousness after having spent so many pages living in the unconscious of Roz Morris’s protagonist, Carol Lear.

I won’t try to describe the path taken by her in My Memories of a Future Life, willingly and unwillingly led by a hypnotist, who turns out not to be the entirely moral doctor she first thought he was but a person driven by demons as much as his
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What do I read? Fiction that cares about characters AND plot. Although I'm a sucker for beautiful language, I like a story too, dammit. I'm a slow reader because I'm easily trapped by lovely sentences and ideas, and when I enjoy a book I'm reluctant to leave its world behind.
I live in London with my writer husband, and our house is mostly decorated with bookshelves - so much so that different room

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