BOOK

“The Less You know, the Sounder You Sleep”

Dasha cannot imagine life without her sister. Masha is feisty and fearless. Dasha is gentle, quiet and fears everything; from the Soviet scientists who study them, to the other ‘defective’ children who bully them and the ‘healthies’ from whom they must be locked away.

 

For the twins have been born conjoined in a society where flaws must be hidden from sight and where their inseparability is the most terrible flaw of all.

 

Through the seismic shifts of Stalin’s communism to the beginnings of Putin’s democracy, Dasha and her irrepressible sister strive to be more than just ‘the together twins’, finding hope – and love – in the unlikeliest of places.

 

But will their quest for shared happiness always be threatened by the differences that divide them? And can a life lived in a sister’s shadow only ever be half a life?

 

Based on a true story The Less You know, the Sounder You Sleep, is a tale of survival and self-determination, innocence and lies.

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Dasha cannot imagine life without her sister. Masha is feisty and fearless. Dasha is gentle, quiet and fears everything; from the Soviet scientists who study them, to the other ‘defective’ children who bully them and the ‘healthies’ from whom they must be locked away.

 

For the twins have been born conjoined in a society where flaws must be hidden from sight and where their inseparability is the most terrible flaw of all.

 

Through the seismic shifts of Stalin’s communism to the beginnings of Putin’s democracy, Dasha and her irrepressible sister strive to be more than just ‘the together twins’, finding hope – and love – in the unlikeliest of places.

 

But will their quest for shared happiness always be threatened by the differences that divide them? And can a life lived in a sister’s shadow only ever be half a life?

 

Based on a true story The Less You know, the Sounder You Sleep, is a tale of survival and self-determination, innocence and lies.

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Reviews

“Beautifully and sensitively written, and clearly with tremendous care for these two phenomenally brave women, ‘The Less You Know, The Sounder you Sleep’ will enlighten and inspire for years to come. It was a joy and an honour to read.”

Kate Kuhn

“This is a beautifully written, captivating and unique story… I went through so many emotions reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, I felt numb. I frantically googled parts to find with shock how real it all was. I learnt so much.”

Ruth

“By page 34 this book was breaking my heart. It is an amazing telling of the lives of co-joined twins Masha and Dasha who were born in 1950 in Russia. It tells of the dreadful conditions and heartbreaking lives they were forced to live. But it also contains love, humour and hope. It is a book which will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Totally engrossing and more so because it is all true.”

Sally Boocock

Juliet Butler Interview

Masha and Dasha Documentary