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Updated: Feb 19, 2020

We at Team University of Greenwich Super-Recognisers are very excited about receiving a copy of J.S. Monroe's brand new book "The Other You".

It has received some awesome reviews already.

'Brilliantly original and intriguing ... Kept me hooked, enthralled and guessing to the very end' Peter James.

"Supplies a rattling pace and plethora of incident" Daily Telegraph

Precis: Is he who you think he is?

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health in his high-tech modernist house on the Cornish coast. When she's with him, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.

Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew – and knows, with absolute certainty, that he has been replaced by an impostor. Is she right? Have her old recognition skills returned? Or is it all in her damaged mind?

Josh Davis was also very pleased to see he is listed in the acknowledgments for his background advice on super-recognition, face recognition ability and the Capgrass delusion.

Available at Amazon and of course all good book shops

Stop press 16 February 2020: I have now read this book and I can confirm that the excitement goes off the scale. And it is definitely worth investing time to find out about Kate and her fantastical skills. I think her character draws on bits and pieces of some of the most talented super-recognisers I have met and tested, and I guess it is likely that someone just like Kate is out there going about their daily business (I just wish more 'real' police forces had fully invested in their super-recognisers). J.S. Monroe claims that Kate is partly based on an ex-police officer super-recogniser who now works with Super-Recognisers International (see blog linked to an article in the Express written by J.S. Monroe which describes super-recogniser Emma Mitchell). However, I think that Kate might also be the female version of Community Service Officer, Andy Pope from West Midlands Police who has made an outstanding 2,000 fugitive identifications. Who knows? For me, it was just a bloody good read... Enjoy!


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