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Saskia Sarginson was awarded a distinction in her MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway after a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and a BA in Fashion Design & Communications. Before becoming a full-time author, Saskia's writing experience included being a health and beauty editor on women's magazines, a ghost writer for the BBC and Harper Collins and copy-writing and script editing. Saskia lives in south London with her four children. With her Swedish beauty and unusual surname, many people ask where she comes from. Her father, an artist and part of the Parisian COBRA movement, had a Dutch father and Jewish-Portuguese mother. Saskia's own mother was from Yorkshire and had Scandinavian blood.
Sarginson's debut is a timeless and riveting piece that echoes the mystique and beauty of the lush, English countryside ... bewitching RT Book Reviews The haunting tale is skilfully infused with trauma and tragedy - and sinister suspense. [A] stirring debut Independant.ie This debut novel by Saskia Sarginson reveals a stunning writer with deep insight into people, their thoughts and behaviour. It is a beautifully crafted and compelling story that won't disappoint NZ Women's Weekly Intense... dark Daily Mail An excellent debut and you are sure to have a hard time putting it down Candis Timeless and riveting RT Book Reviews Thumpingly good Good Housekeeping A Perfect R & J read. Highly compulsive Bookseller Clever, and full of suspense -- Richard Madeley An absorbing account of unbreakable and uncanny bonds Heat This debut novel by Saskia Sarginson reveals a. stunning writer with deep insight into people, their thoughts and behaviour. It is a beautifully crafted and compelling story that won't disappoint NZ Women's Weekly The debut novel from British author Saskia Sarginson simply called The Twins, is anything but simple: it's a beautifully layered novel about childhood, the haunting nature of secrets and the unbreakable bond of twins ... a compelling slow burn of a story with evocative writing. It's an accomplished first novel by Saskia Sarginson and it was with genuine pleasure I read she's already at work on her next novel - which I will definitely be adding to my wish list The Well Read Kitty An outstanding debut novel ... exciting, funny, sad and tragic, but most of all it's a damn good read. I look forward to more from this author Hawkes Bay Today
Sarginson's promising, if uneven, debut novel explores the deep, sometimes perilous bond between twins. Viola wastes away in a hospital bed due to an eating disorder. Her twin, Isolte, works hard to succeed in the magazine world. Both are haunted by their childhood, overseen by an unconventional mother who took them from a Welsh commune to the forests of Suffolk, England. There, they befriended another set of twins, John and Michael, sharing a secret that destroyed the girls' mother and went on to consume all their lives. The emotional geography of the forests is magical, evoking a dark, fairy-tale feel. The twins are competitive and clamor for attention, while simultaneously demanding closeness and separation; their relationship is beautifully done, but Sarginson's use of the present tense (possible evidence of her background as a script editor) is wildly distracting. Viola's anorexia goes underexplored, and the repeated acts of animal cruelty depicted in the novel leave a bitter aftertaste, as does the portrayal of the twins' mother as yet another unconventional woman punished in literature for nonconformity. The novel stops at a turning point, leaving the reader to wonder if a sequel is in the works, or if the author is trying to show that life is inconclusive. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.