Learn to Remember
Duncan Baird; £9.99
'Memory Master' O'Brien, eight-times World Memory Champion, provides an authoritative account of the history of memory, how it works, and what you can do to rescue it. It's cleverly presented, although its comforting pastel illustrations wouldn't look out of place in a child's storybook. O'Brien even promises you a more fulfilling life.
Use Your Memory
BBC Books £7.99
Another big name - this time, the man who invented Mind Maps. The 20-year-old text was revised in 2003, but the ropey line illustrations lend it an '80s feel. Even so, 'Mind Magician' Buzan is a wizard at providing a practical and businesslike step-by-step guide to making your brain work harder. Chewier than O'Brien's tome, it's nevertheless effective.
Jo Iddon & Huw Williams
Just out, Memory Boosters is a good compromise between our first two books. Written by two neuropsychologists, it lets the reader build up a memory profile, then provides ways to plug the holes. A holistic approach to the mind makes it accessible, but you'll miss the charismatic presence of a mind-champion. A good workaday book.