|Short Books; ISBN 1-904095-71-2|
Vividly evoking the hardships of life the early years of the 20th century, this book tells the true story of a tragedy that befell one local family...
In 1919 Sian Busby’s great-grandmother, Beth, gave birth to triplets. One of the babies died at birth and eleven days later she drowned the surviving twins in a bath of cold water. She was sentenced to an indefinite term of imprisonment at Broadmoor.
The murder and the deep sense of shame it generated obviously affected Beth, her husband and their surviving children to an extraordinary degree, but it also resounded through the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In Sian’s case, ill-suppressed knowledge of the event manifested itself in recurring nightmares and contributed towards a prolonged bout of post-natal depression. After the birth of her second son, she decided to investigate the story once and for all and lay to rest the ghosts which have haunted the family for 80 years…1
"A gripping tale of madness and infanticide during the time of the Great War... Powerful and disturbing." Margaret Forster
Listen to Sian Busby speaking on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour (21 July 2004) about the issues addressed in her book.
1 From the dust jacket.