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About the author

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips is a drugs counsellor who previously spent thirty-five years as a teacher. She kept a harrowing video diary throughout her twin sons' battles with drug addiction and now gives talks to organizations all over the UK. In her son’s memory, Elizabeth founded DrugFam, a charity providing a lifeline to families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. DrugFAM are unique in the UK because they provide the complete remit of support services, from education to addiction support, right through to bereavement counselling. In 2017, Elizabeth was awarded an MBE. Her book, Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid? is the inspiration for the Audible Original Drama Inseparable.

Summary

Growing up in the 1990s, twin brothers Nick and Simon are inseparable. They’ll do anything for each other. As Simon puts it, they are ‘one split in two’. But that bond turns into a curse when both become addicted to heroin and frequently undermine each other’s desperate attempts to get clean. Over a number of years, the boys and their family are thrown into emotional and financial chaos – until the terrible day when Nick pays the ultimate price for his addiction.

Featuring: Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Janice Acquah, Victor Alli, Josephine Arden, Scarlett Brookes, Jessica Dennis, Felicity Duncan, Owen Findlay, Emilia Fox, Matt Gavan, Tom Glenister, Chris Grahamson, Roger May, Nicholas Murchie, Harry Myers, Sarah Whitehouse and Josh Zaré. 

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Very resl

Initially, I wondered if I should keep listening. This account is one of the more real versions, of the catastrophic impact of addiction on a family & their lives. I found myself judging the mother & then found myself wondering if I was living her life...no place for judgement here. I loved it was a middle class educated family narrative. Drugs impact every class. Not so many books written from this perspective. I think this is well written, superbly acted & well worth the listen.

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Well acted and profound!

As with all audible originals, this is superbly acted and narrated. Emilia Fox is a fantastic actress and Tom Glenister's portrayal of Simon is full of true emotion and feeling as the twin brother of NIck. As a twin myself I can understand the bond between them and how difficult it can be for others to comprehend this.
There are lots of special moments, but also some heart rending scenes that I wouldn't want any mother do experience. The true story depicts two youg adults spiralling into addiction and the mother's struggle to get them out of it.
A hard but very enjoyable listen about real issues that could potentially happen to any family.
The last 5 minutes are an interview with the real life people that this was about. Make sure you listen to this as it bought tears to my eyes.........

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One of the best books I have EVER heard

I have to write a review here and now .. I’ve just finished listening to this book over two days ... so brilliantly written and performed... as a person in Recovery I identified all the way through .. I hit rock bottom and went in to treatment .. I love my life today and I know how hard and life-changing drink and drugs can alter lives, hopes and dreams. I send love and thanks to the whole team involved .. especially the family .. thank you for your truth .. I was so touched by your story and I still have deep emotion milling around as I write this xxxxx

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Thought Provoking Story

Couldn't stop listening, moving and thought provoking. Excellent narration, and so much more engaging knowing this was a true story.

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Brilliant!

Brilliant first book to listen to. Being a twin myself it it helped me understanding the dynamics of a twin brother relationship to really feel like I was experiencing their journey with them! Powerful read, great book.

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Compelling, emotional, page Turner.

Brilliant emotional Rollercoaster,every mother's nightmare.the narration was excellent and the story,raw and honest.
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An excellent read

Oh my gosh. What a compelling book. I was expecting a book but it was actually a production which really brought the story to life. There wasn't one character I didn't feel some empathy for even when I was etting angry with the twins for their weakness and their mother for putting her own life and marriageat risk. It was actually true to life, an accurate account of the way some families are forced into the underworld of drugs in an attempt to help the addicted. Well written, well portrayed and bloody emotional. I would have liked to know if the twins mother was still married to Tony. My testament to a good book is when I'm trying to work out when I can get my next listen in.

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Insightful, harrowing, but hopeful

An incredible, yet saddening and ultimately, hopeful story.

Nick and Simon, identical twins and best friends. Growing up together in the shadow of each others behaviours. Their bond unbreakable, but leaving behind them a path of destruction.

A fantastic performance by the story narrators. Incredibly emotive at times, even to the point of tears for me.

I throughly enjoyed the audiobook, despite it being emotionally challenging at times.

Ultimately, the story ends in triumph over addiction. I would highly recommend.

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An amazing book

An amazing book. Had me totally immersed. Well done to Elizabeth and Simon for telling their story and truly revealing the rawness of addiction in families. A must read.

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First Audio Book

This was my 1st audio book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Heartbreaking story told with great narration.

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  • 04-05-21

Family Alcoholism Desperation in Addiction

As a person in recovery I felt that this book really puts you in the shoes of it's characters. Alcoholism is an allergy of the body & obsession of the mind triggered by the use of drink or drug. Co-Alcoholism is the addiction of the abuser/addict/alcoholic . if you want a real story that will help you see what it is like to be caught up in a family controlled by the disease of Alcoholism READ THIS BOOK !!!!!!
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  • ebonydixon
  • 30-04-21

Incredible

If you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall to seeing what an addiction does to a person and or family. Pay attention to this book.

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  • Kat Ferguson
  • 13-03-21

Frustrating

ZERO sympathy for the mom. ZERO ZERO ZERO! I've never encountered a more wretched character. I only continued listening to the end to see who or how many would bite it.

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  • Colin
  • 08-03-21

Great book

Very moving. I couldn’t stop listening. It was a beautiful story with great narration (voices).

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  • Jonathan Holmes
  • 05-03-21

must listen

absolutely loved the story, touching realistic portrayal of an addicts life... I highly recommend this story