The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace soon to be presented for sale on the marvellous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Chatto & Windus, 1986, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;
From the cover: This is a story of two people caught in an impossible conflict. June and Jennifer Gibbons are identical twins, now in their early 20s, who are unable to live together but cannot survive apart. From early childhood they refused to speak to any adult; through adolescence they developed an elaborate fantasy life based on dolls, Bronte-like miniature books, poems, stories, novels and diaries more than a million words of them recording every detail of their emotions in their passionate struggle for identity. From this self-imposed isolation they ventured into sprees of drug-taking, sex and arson, for which they were sent to Broadmoor, Britains special hospital, in 1982.
In her powerful and moving book, which reads more like a novel than the true story it is, Marjorie Wallace penetrates the twins secret world. She reveals their rich inner life, their sharp perceptions, humour and sensitivity, and their supreme and finally tragic effort to escape from each other and the mediocrity of their surroundings. Her haunting analysis of June and Jennifers love, hatred and need for each other makes us re-examine all our relationships.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 230 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.