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The Silent Twins


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The harrowing true story of sisters locked in a shocking childhood pact - 'remarkable' (Oliver Sacks).

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Marjorie Wallace is an award-winning journalist, author, playwright and broadcaster, and has won nine major awards for her journalism, books and plays. She is currently Chief Executive of SANE, the mental health charity, which she helped to found. Marjorie Wallace (Countess Skarbeck) is married and lives in London with her three sons, Sacha, Stefan and Justin, and daughter, Sophia Augusta.


YA A fascinating study of psychologically troubled black twins in Wales. Wallace has thoroughly researched the history of these girls who rarely communicate with others. Their various obsessions (dolls, writing, sex, the occult, substance abuse, and eventually crime) are examined and reported in detail. Their bizarre behavior is explained and well documented as their struggle for identity becomes one for survival. Wallace is adept at description, and this true tale of the love/hate relationship reads like a novel. In dramatic style, Wallace relates the helplessness of the adults who unsuccessfully try to break the twins' barriers to communication. Many quotes from the twins' copious diaries reveal their vulnerability, confusion, and frustration. The closing gives some hope for their eventual release from the hospital where they now serve life sentences. Sue McGown, St. John's School, Houston

This true story focuses on the young adult years of identical twin girls. June and Jennifer isolate themselves from family and society, sinking into a world of interdependency, fantasy, and obsessive game-playing, until an arson spree lands them in a hospital for the criminally insane. The fascination of this tale lies in the discrepancy between the twins' silent, emotionless facade and the rich creativity and passion that spills out endlessly in their writing. The author has reconstructed their story from their extensive diaries, in which they compulsively explore their lives and the condition of the world as they perceive it. Again and again, they express both their love and hatred for each other and their desire yet inability to become separate individuals. This book is written by a sympathetic journalist for a general audience.Amy D. Goffman, Registered Physical Therapist, Charlottesville, Va.

Strange, riveting... Thanks to Marjorie Wallace, thanks to the twins' incorrigible brilliance, we now have some idea of what it is like to stand in front of a dark mirror * London Review of Books *
A remarkable (and finally tragic) story which, in its depth, penetration and detail, no less than its extraordinary subject matter, must be seen as outstanding, a testimony to something extraordinary in the author herself * New York Times Review of Books *
A compelling and tragic story * Mail on Sunday *
Breathtaking * Independent *

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