Octopus wins auction for memoir by forensic psychologist

Rights - NonFiction Wednesday, 05 December 2018

The Dark Side of the Mind by Kerry Daynes is 'an unforgettable insight into the psychological causes of some of the most extreme forms of human behaviour'


Octopus Publishing has won a five-publisher auction for The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist by Kerry Daynes. Claudia Connal, publishing director, Narrative Non-fiction at Octopus, has bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Jonathan Conway at Jonathan Conway Literary Agency on behalf of Sylvia Tidy-Harris at Tidy Management. The Dark Side of the Mind will be published in May 2019.

In The Dark Side of the Mind, Daynes will 'guide readers through the world of the forensic psychologist where no two days are the same and the people you work with can be wildly unpredictable, sometimes frightening, and often deeply frustrating. Drawing on stories from her time spent working on the frontline, this will be an unforgettable insight into the psychological causes of some of the most extreme forms of human behaviour, and what the treatment and incarceration of those who commit such crimes says about society.'

Connal said: "We knew instantly that we had to publish Kerry. As fascinating as any true crime podcast or psychological thriller, Kerry's work has spanned prisons, hospitals and police investigations. I couldn't think of a better person to guide us through the darker side of the mind."

Daynes said: "I am thrilled to be collaborating with Claudia and the team at Octopus. Forensic psychology is a profession that is surrounded by myth. With over 20 years in the profession, I have a lot of stories to tell. Octopus share my vision for a book that goes behind the headline-grabbing crime stories to a frank and very personal account of what I have seen happening in the criminal justice and mental health systems. I am both exhilarated and daunted to be writing this book, which is exactly how I felt walking into the first prison I ever worked in, aged just 21."

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