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Carmen rescued her mother Angela's memory by interweaving fact and fiction in her story of 'Two Sisters Singing '

Published 15/12/2013 | 02:30

WRITER: Carmen Cullen
WRITER: Carmen Cullen

How does a daughter pay tribute to a dead mother -- a mother who died in tragic circumstances when the child was just four? Carmen Cullen has done so by writing a novel based on her mother and her mother's sister too, interweaving fact and fiction in a narrative set in Ireland during the time of the Second World War -- then called 'The Emergency'.

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Carmen felt that her mother Angela's story was too sensitive to recount as straight biography and in Ireland so many people are related and inter-related "you have to be careful not to cause offence".

Carmen's mother was a beautiful singer, Angela Murphy, who died as a consequence of childbirth in 1954 -- though the event would now be seen as gross medical negligence.

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