26a

26a : Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers

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**WINNER OF THE ORANGE AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS**

'A remarkable first novel...vibrant...exotic' Sunday Times

Discover the critically acclaimed debut from the Women's Prize-shortlisted author of Ordinary People

Identical twins, Georgia and Bessi Hunter, live in the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue. It is a place of beanbags, nectarines and secrets, and visitors must always knock before entering. Down below there is not such harmony. Their Nigerian mother puts cayenne pepper on her Yorkshire pudding and has mysterious ways of dealing with homesickness; their father angrily roams the streets of London, prey to the demons of his Derbyshire upbringing.

Forced to create their own identities, the Hunter children build a separate universe. Their elder sister Bel discovers sex, high heels and organic hairdressing whilst the twins prepare for a flapjack empire. It is when the reality comes knocking that the fantasies of childhood start to give way. How will Georgia and Bessi cope in a world of separateness and solitude, and which of them will be stronger?

'Hugely assured and very moving' Mark Haddon

'Diana Evans's fiction is emotionally intelligent, dark, funny, moving. The sheer energy in her novels is enthralling. A brilliant craftswoman, a master of the form, she makes the reader ask important questions of themselves and makes them laugh at the same time' Jackie Kay, British Council and National Centre for Writing's International Showcase on Britain's 10 best BAME writers

Winner of the British Book Award for deciBel Writer of the Year
Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Book Award
Shortlisted for the Times/Southbank Show Breakthrough Award
Recipient of the Betty Trask Award
Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 170g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099479044
  • 9780099479048
  • 299,230

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"This sparky debut novel... Enthralling from the first page, this bittersweet fusion of fairytales and nightmares is sugared by nostalgia and salted with sadness, Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail"
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"A hugely assured and very moving first novel" -- Mark Haddon * Sunday Telegraph * "A remarkable first novel...vibrant...exotic" * Sunday Times * "The Great Neasden Novel has arrived...Haunting and cherishable...A hugely promising debut" * Independent * "A dazzling debut...I adored this book; I defy anyone to read the final pages without tears in their eyes. Easily the best book of the year so far" * Scotsman * "This sparky debut novel... Enthralling from the first page, this bittersweet fusion of fairytales and nightmares is sugared by nostalgia and salted with sadness, Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail" * Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail *
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About Diana Evans

Diana Evans is a graduate of the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA and has published short fiction in a number of anthologies. She has worked as a journalist and arts critic for Marie Claire, the Evening Standard, The Source and Pride magazine, and writes regularly for the Independent and the Stage. She lives in West London.
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1,133 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (377)
3 31% (350)
2 11% (129)
1 4% (50)
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