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Two Hearts That Would Be True - Ballads, Lyrics and Monologues

Margaret and Brenda Carpenter (edited, with notes, by Peter Thorogood)


The unusual tale of two remarkable twin sisters. Born in 1928, when they were only three weeks old their mother deserted them, suffering from post-natal depression, and the family fell apart. Margaret went to live with her paternal grandparents and Brenda with her maternal grandparents. The girls did not meet again until they were seven, when they attended their mother's funeral. They were then separated again and did not meet up until they were fourteen.

At that time they made a pact to keep in touch with each other. After this, regular letters passed between them, telling of their daily adventures and writing each other little poems and stories. They wrote about a secret country they had invented, called 'Staretzine' - the country that came from the stars. In 1960, at the age of 32, they came to live together with their father in Worthing. The distress of divided loyalties was ended. 'God turned what could have been a tragedy into a blessing,' as Margaret wrote.

They never thought that their own poetry would be of the slightest interest to anyone and, until now, it has remained a secret.

64 pp             ISBN 978 1 905206 12 4        5.00


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