Kerry Daynes is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist who works with some of Britain’s most complex and challenging criminals in prisons and secure hospitals. She is often invited to act as psychological specialist in major police investigations, and is a Trusted Advisor to the British Government regarding the safe management of high-risk individuals.
Kerry has lectured in Applied Psychology at Manchester University, and is frequently asked to contribute to the media; she has been featured in numerous press articles, and appears regularly on international television networks including The History Channel, Discovery, CBS Reality, The Crime & Investigation Network and BBC International.
Kerry is an advocate for better conversations around mental health. Her philosophy is that supreme self-esteem, deep connections with others and the pursuit of achievement are the keys to wellbeing. Kerry is proud to be a Patron of two charities, the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Talking2Minds, which helps treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in current and ex-members of the military and emergency services.
Rights : Octopus / Hachette UK (UKCexC)
Octopus has bought the memoir of forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, The Dark Side of the Mind, after a five-publisher auction.
Claudia Connal, publishing director of narrative non-fiction at Octopus, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Jonathan Conway at Jonathan Conway Literary Agency Ltd on behalf of Sylvia Tidy-Harris at Tidy Management, after a five-publisher auction. The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist will be published in May 2019.
Forensic psychologist Daynes has worked with victims of crime as well as some of the most complex and challenging criminals. She is often consulted in major police investigations and has provided commentary for television networks including BBC International and CBS Reality.
In The Dark Side of the Mind, Daynes will take readers through her world, where no two days are the same. The book offers 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.
“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,” said Connal.
Daynes, who has been in the profession for more than 20 years, said she is “thrilled” to be collaborating with Octopus.
She said: “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.”