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More than 30 years ago, David Loftus' cherished identical twin, John, passed away. Ever since, a day hasn’t passed without David feeling the loss.
In 1987, after recovering from a brain tumour, John contracted meningitis and found himself back in hospital for treatment. David, as always, was by his side. They were opening their 24th birthday presents when a fatally miscalculated routine injection forced John into a coma. He died within two weeks.
Over the past year, David has spent an hour every day remembering John and recording his story by hand. Diary of a Lone Twin is the product of that daily ritual - a powerful and deeply personal account that covers everything from enchanting and charmingly evoked childhood vignettes to the acute loneliness and raw pain that followed John’s death.
In sharing this beautifully written diary, award-winning and internationally acclaimed photographer David Loftus provides a rare insight for anyone who wishes to understand the bond between identical twins, and the unique bereavement of a lone twin that few people will ever experience.
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Well worth a listen
This book is a love letter from David to his identical twin brother who sadly passed away (unjustly!) early on in life. This heartfelt account explores how David has been affected by the loss of his brother John. Its honest, courageous, intimate and relatable. For anyone that has ever had to come to terms with loss and the associated feelings of helplessness grief and the guilt of living on after losing someone will appreciate this beautifully written diary. Its nostalgic, funny and real...and by the way, you don't need to be a twin to enjoy this book!
Such a privilege to listen.
Whether you turn the pages or listen to this real life experience of sadness and loss following the premature death of an identical twin you can’t fail to be moved by this so beautifully written diary. David Loftus has opened his heart and soul to share his thoughts, feelings and memories of his other half - his beloved twin brother John. A brave and wonderful read. Thank you for sharing.