Joseph Jebelli is a thirty-year-old British neuroscientist and writer. He began to work on the disease - specifically, using the body's immune system to halt its progress - while studying for his PhD in neurobiology at UCL. He has written for the Guardian and the Wellcome Trust. This is his first book.
An elegant and precise writer, Jebelli follows every lead for a cure with the panache of a detective novelist, giving readers much to hope for despite the devastation Alzheimer's has left in its wake. Based on his meticulous and wide-ranging research, he makes a convincing argument that Alzheimer's will be defeated in the decades to come. Jebelli analyzes every facet of Alzheimer's with personal empathy and scientific rigor, a combination that makes for enthralling reading. * Kirkus, starred review * On the surface it's about Alzheimer's disease but more than that it demonstrates how challenging it is to understand the brain -- Suzanne O'Sullivan * Observer, BOOKS OF THE YEAR * The definitive portrait of Alzheimer's disease - an illness that is rapidly becoming the defining plague of the 21st century * Big Issue * An accessible, diligently researched and well-travelled overview of the disease that is more deadly than cancer. Jebelli poignantly weaves the current science with the tragic stories of affected families, not least his own * SUNDAY TIMES * In Pursuit of Memory is a remarkable combination of fine writing, personal honesty and deep scientific insight - about a devastating and baffling disease that is becoming all too common. Jebelli weighs up all the evidence and all the theories about Alzheimer's and even allows us a glimpse of optimism about a cure * MATT RIDLEY * A riveting debut... the very human story of the disease that is now an epidemic * BOOKSELLER, SCIENCE BOOK OF THE MONTH * A personal story and smart scientific thinking reveal the history and humanity behind an epidemic that affects 44 million people worldwide * NEW SCIENTIST * A fascinating quest at the frontiers of neuro-degeneration... and a moving, sober and forensic study of the past, present and future of Alzheimer's from the point of view of a neurologist who has lived with the disease, at home and in the lab, from a very young age. The story Jebelli tells illustrates the tantalising mystery of Alzheimer's: it's both highly visible yet agonizingly elusive...a timely analysis [that] might give comfort. -- ROBERT McCRUM * OBSERVER * Joseph Jebelli's wonderfully clear, vividly readable and comprehensive survey of the search for a cure . . . The world is closing in on Alzheimer's. There is nowhere left for it to hide * THE TIMES *