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The Silent Twins

The Silent Twins [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie Wallace
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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"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)

Book Description

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

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009958641X
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NA5XUG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly intriguing book. 7 Aug 2013
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I ordered this book after hearing about the twins briefly in a tv programme. Once I turned the first page I knew that there would be precious little sleep until I had finished it. Marjorie Wallace had prolonged contact with the twins when they were in Broadmoor and brings a compassionate but incisive mind to their story. She is, or perhaps was, a journalist and her style is forthright without ever losing sight of the fact that the twins were extremely vulnerable individuals and that it was the individuality of each twin warring with their extremely close bond as twins which was at the root of their troubles. Thankfully Ms Wallace avoids sensationalism and certainly incurred a degree of empathy for the twins' tragic story in this reader.

This is one I can really wholeheartedly recommend - but only if you have nothing important to get up for the next morning!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Twins 25 Nov 2012
By Di
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This book is excellent I found it hard to down from start to finish, and incite into two young girls minds and how they had such a hold on each others lives, you where drawn into their world, and all the emotions which left you trying to understand why they didn't reach out a little farther to their parents who would have so readily given them all the love they need, tears filled my eyes on many occasions while reading the book for the two girls and their parents, a book I would recommend.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Their only crime was silence" 1 Aug 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book as it had been the inspiration behind Nicky Wires' lyrics for 'Tsunami' - which was a massive hit for Manic Street Preachers. In the past I've been disappointed with some recommended books, but this one by Marjorie Wallace is truly brilliant.
It gives a vivid insight into the lives of June & Jennifer Gibbons, identical twins from South Wales who were sent to Broadmoor at the age of 19. Their crime really was that they chose not to speak. They were clever girls who could not face the tedious boredom of real life and so made up their own little fantasy world.
Unfortunately they were drawn into a life of petty crime and eventually ended up in prison for their crimes.
The author gives an extraordinary insight into the lives of the twins and the way in which society treats people who are "different" from the norm. It is graphic and shocking in parts but honest. I couldn't put the book down and I would highly recommend it highly.
One of those books that stays with you long after you've finished reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and insightful 18 Feb 2014
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I grew up in Haverfordwest, I was six months older than these girls and I remember seeing them around the town and hearing the rumours that surrounded them. Such a powerful trap they were caught in, such a sad sad existence, as if growing up and the teenage years aren't hard enough, they were certainly dealt a cruel hand. I hope June has a happy life now, she deserves to be happy, and kind wishes to her family, they have suffered so much too. An intense read but worth the perseverance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 19 Oct 2013
By Chune
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It is a somewhat satisfactory read. It was nice to know about the private life of the twins but some chapters were a bit too long and contained no necessary info. Still, it is good to understand or try to understand these little girls' unique minds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and gripping 5 May 2013
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I bought this because the relationships between twins fascinates me. I'm only half way through but have found this a page turner which keeps me hooked in.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, engaging and absorbing 28 Jun 2011
By Jack
I bought this for my mother in law and she enjoyed reading it immensely. Thanks for keeping my mother in law quiet for a short time whilst we were on holiday with them!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, sad story; beautifully written. 26 July 2007
Marjorie Wallace has done a wonderful job of telling such a difficult and at times heart-breaking story. Like many other readers I could not put this book down. It expresses the twins' conflict with the world and with each other, but also tells us of their internal turmoil and rage at their own individual inability to express emotion and integrate with others at any level and at every stage throughout their life. Their bond of love matched their hatred for each other in equal measure. A fascinating story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true
Fascinating but sad true story. Lovely read. Wanted to know more about the girls.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. S. P. Bovell
5.0 out of 5 stars yessss
Scary, good, weird
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written. Very disturbing reading
Published 28 days ago by Sheila Fitzgerald-Torres Sheila F.Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars It is so sad things ended up the way it did
This book I am enjoying as I lived in Haverfordwest when the twins were there. They went to the same school as me and I do remember them so well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. M. Willing
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
A brilliant insight into a sometimes very dark place. Thank you for being the voice of 2 desperate and vulnerable individuals.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant book
Published 2 months ago by Clare Houston
2.0 out of 5 stars A Drag
I felt generous. The book had far too much of the girls diaries all in all it is the first book for many years that I have been unable to finish - the book I am afraid was very... Read more
Published 5 months ago by b d donovan
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Found it hard to get into at first but it was a very interesting and good read and very well written
Published 6 months ago by christine mackinnon
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars
This book was indeed interesting and capturing at times. I feel it was a little slow in the middle and to some extent drawn out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MISS K WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Fascinating reading finding it difficult to put down. Hard to believe that they could act a one so completely. Very interesting reading
Published 10 months ago by MRS S M IONS
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