Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lowri Just No Match for Her Identical Twin Sister

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lowri Just No Match for Her Identical Twin Sister

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Byline: By Hannah Stephenson

Lowri Turner found inspiration for her new novel close to home, as Hannah Stephenson discovered.

TV presenter and writer Lowri Turner knows more than most about sibling rivalry ( but admits she is no match for identical twin sister Catrin.

"She has always ruled the roost," says Lowri. "She's a lawyer in the City and keeps asking me when I'm going to get a proper job."

The 39-year-old says Catrin, the eldest by a few seconds, has always been the boss of the relationship, even though they have quite similar personalities and do look alike.

Taxi drivers say to her, `Are you Lowri Turner or are you the twin?'. She signs autographs for me, because if she says she's not Lowri Turner, people think it is me just being snotty."

The pair also have a non-identical triplet sister who is autistic.

Arguments are a rarity between Lowri and Catrin, but when they do happen they are of earthquake proportions, she says.

Lowri's second novel, Switchcraft, centres on identical twins with very different personalities who agree to swap lives to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.

The book is partly dedicated to Catrin, who helped her out with a lot of the single girl material, says Lowri.

"At one point, I had my first son and my twin was single with no children.

"We lived completely different lives. She now has a baby who's a year old, so now we're both in the same boat."

Much of the book is autobiographical, Lowri admits, although situations are exaggerated and Lowri and Catrin have never shared the same taste in men or pretended to be each other on dates.

"We once went to a party, went into another room and swapped clothes to see if anyone would notice. Her boyfriend noticed, but other people didn't."

They never swapped boyfriends though, she continues.

"That's such personal territory. When you are a twin, your own territory is so important because you have to share everything. …

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