Lili Marlene is not my real name. I live in Australia. I have an applied science degree and have also studied psychology and philosophy. I've worked in a variety of occupations and positions but by far my most important and interesting job to date has been as a mother. I enjoy many different types of synaesthesia. There are few people whose company I enjoy more than my own, and I've been a loner for as long as I can remember.
Describe your desk
Dusty, littered with brilliant but unfulfilled ideas jotted on chits of paper, shameful really. There's a vase of amazing-smelling roses, a document-stand piled deeply with stuff I'll never find the time to write about and a life-like miniature plastic model of a Tasmanian Devil. I like Tasmanian Devils.
When did you first start writing?
When the teacher in grade one taught me how to write letters and numbers? Am I being too literal?
New Edition June 2013. Many people have known for a long time that the life story of the author, celebrity and performer of intellectual feats Daniel Tammet which has been told countless times in books, TV and scientific publications is incomplete in ways that matter and questionable in too many ways to count. Let Lili Marlene show you the alternative story hiding in plain sight.
Opal Whiteley (1897-1992) remains a mysterious figure. Her life began as a brilliant girl with a passion for nature living in logging camps in Oregon, and ended as a psychiatric patient in the Napsbury Hospital in England after decades of institutionalization. How did this happen? Can the riddle of multi-synaesthete Whiteley be solved by comparing her life with other famous and enigmatic people?
Opal Irene Whiteley was born in 1897 in Washington and was raised in Oregon, and died at the Napsbury Hospital in England as a psychiatric patient, at the age of ninety-four in 1992. How did a brilliant young American girl with a passion for geology and nature study come to end her life institutionalized in England?