What would life be like if you could recall every detail of your entire life? Casey has hyperthymesia, a rare condition which means that she has perfect recollection of her past, a burden which imprisons her in her memories. There is no joy in the present, no thought of the future; only the inescapable past playing constantly in her mind. Then one day she meets Joe, a man without a past. Or is he? Together they find a present, which has the potential to save them both but also forces them to confront a future that challenges their love of life and each other. Degrees of Losing is a story about love and loss, memory and time, and what it means to be somebody.
Shan Purcell was born in Sydney, and raised in Perth, Western Australia from the age of one. She attended St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, before studying Psychology at the University of Western Australia.
Shan moved to North West of the UK in 2002. She completed a Masters degree in Marketing at the University of Salford in 2005 and has been working in marketing in the education sector since then. Shan, 37, now lives in Hale in Greater Manchester with her partner and her dog, Gizmo.
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