26a By Diana Evans, a Identical twins Georgia and Bessi live in the loft of Waifer Avenue It is a place of beanbags nectarines and secrets and visitors must always knock before entering Down below there is not such
  • Title: 26a
  • Author: Diana Evans
  • ISBN: 9780060820916
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 26a By Diana Evans, Identical twins, Georgia and Bessi, 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 NIdentical twins, Georgia and Bessi, 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 Neasden, prey to the demons of his Derbyshire upbringing Forced to create their own identities, the Hunter children build a separate universe Older sister Bel discovers sex, high heels and organic hairdressing, the twins prepare for a flapjack empire, while baby sister Kemy learns to moonwalk for Michael Jackson 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 Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26a is an extraordinary first novel Part fairytale, part nightmare, it moves from the mundane to the magical, the particular to the universal with exceptional flair and imagination It is for anyone who has had a childhood, and anyone who knows what it is to lose one.
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    1. Diana Evans

      Diana Evans is a British author of Nigerian and English descent Her bestselling novel, 26a, won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers and the British Book Awards deciBel Writer of the Year prize It was also shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book, the Commonwealth Best First Book and the Times Southbank Show Breakthrough awards, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Her second novel, The Wonder, is currently under option for TV dramatisation She is a former dancer, and as a journalist and critic has contributed to among others Marie Claire, the Independent, the Guardian, the Observer, the Times, Financial Times and Harper s Bazaar She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and was a Royal Literary Fellow at the London College of Fashion and the University of Kent Ordinary People is her third novel, and received an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award She lives in London.

    986 thoughts on “26a”

    1. Disappointing This is the second Orange Award book I have read, and I m starting to wonder if my literary tastes are simply so American than I cannot share a British literary sensibility.This dreamy, half magical half brutal novel follows identical twins Bessi and Georgia from pre birth to young adulthood Their twin bond is so powerful that it creates an idiosyncratic universe shared only by two a source of joy and wonder at first, but later an increasing source of pain and wounds Evans is a ski [...]

    2. It s always kind of an adventure to buy books from a rummage table because you never know what to expect This time I got a book about twins, their special bond, depression, family, wanderlust and some supernatural.This book is written beautifully and I liked the way the depressions got described, especially by using colours and how the author used Mr Hyde when talking about the dad s alcoholism The ending was a bummer but still it felt right somehow Like there couldn t be another ending for the [...]

    3. Hard to believe that this is Diana Evans first book Her writing is beautiful and poetic without being pretentious Excellent.

    4. This book carried me through every possible emotion I loved it It follows the lives of a family made up of a white, British father, an African mother who has emigrated to England, and their biracial daughters an eldest sister, twin middle sisters, and a youngest sister The story focuses on the twins and their struggles, observations of the world around them, and the secrets of their inner world Even though they re the focus, the author exposes the strengths, fears, and vulnerabilities of each fa [...]

    5. I loved the first half of this book and was all set to give a 5 star review, but then the author decided to jump on the crazy train and derailed herself and, sad to say, the second half of the book She had done such an excellent job developing all of the characters and then, without warning, the book just starts to spin out of control And, the ending what was that quick wrap it all up in a hurry ending all about Unless you enjoy books with really lame endings, I suggest you skip this book.

    6. Well written book about the relationship of very different twin girls growing up in England in the 80s They live with parents from different cultures English and African and younger sisters I enjoyed this book a lot felt empathy for all.

    7. This review first appeared on readingtheend.Okay, it s official I have never, not ever, encountered a Nigerian or Nigerian descended author who has never written about twins If you have, drop a note in the comments Twins are permanent residents of the Nigerian imagination I like this fact In case you are not a podcast listener, Nigerians also have twins Than anyone else We don t know why, but it s true, and it remains true even when IVF and other such things increase rates of multiple births in [...]

    8. I thought this book had really good potential It was actually pretty good at some points describing the individual lives of each of the family members and their various quirks I couldn t get into the whole spiritual lives stuff, and I didn t like the way the end played out.I thought the author did an excellent job of describing Georgia s depression and her moods I also liked the way Mr Hyde was used to talk about Aubrey s alcoholism.I listened to this book as an audiobook, so several parts were [...]

    9. Started off on a good footing, the story of a family, essentially the story of a pair of twins, of mixed origins, African and English A dysfunctional family which is financially sound The father Mr Hyde , however, is dominating, much like the plantation owners.On a trip to Nigeria, one of the twins, is nearly raped by their watchman She never gets over it and just slides down into an abyss of no hope, the other twin who did show great promise of being an independent young woman, comes back to sa [...]

    10. This started interestingly enoughins that seemed joined from a past life But it quickly derailed into non stop, depressing, life altering tragedies It WAS well written, despite the authors intentional use of poor grammar London and Nigerian accents But the ending was meaningless, and I am annoyed for wasting my time.

    11. Well I am left having read this book and still not knowing if I enjoyed it or not Glad I read it, however not at all what I expected from the synopsis It starts off as an enjoyable and amusing read but personally I found as it progressed that it became rather a sinister story.

    12. Fascinating and deeply disturbing at the same time Very intense and very important for me to go deep into the details of emotional pain, dark fears and the inability to continue living.

    13. I tried, but it s not the book for me and it s not even the inaccuracies of Nigerian existent that did my head in.

    14. I had picked up this book, hoping for a quick read about quirky twins and their struggle with individuality Instead I ended up with a first half that dragged me along with a story about sisters, their fun filled childhood at Neasden, their sudden move to Africa, their hopes of a reunion between their emotionally estranged parents and finally touching upon their adolescence The focus remains on the twins Bessie and Georgia, and their joint at the hip bond that sustains the jibes of high school an [...]

    15. Meh.Read this because of a review on Reading the End blog and thought it might be my sort of thing.It s all empty cleverness and distant characterisation Why do authors study Creative Writing Every time a prose style irritates me, I read the author bio and it turns out they have an MA in Creative Writing I shall start reading about the author first and ruling out any new authors who have studied Creative Writing.Dear authors, when reading I want to be so close to a character I get into their ski [...]

    16. I picked this book off a cheap book sale without really having heard anything about it And I loved it Georgia and Bessi, identical twins born in the UK, the obsession with Royalty I was amazed though I shouldn t much be and the scarring incident of a visit and the subsequent helplessness Of going to a place that was home, but you never really have been A Nigerian mother and an English father, a family life narrated so beautifully that as an outsider you completely enjoy the voyeurism it offers.D [...]

    17. I started out really enjoying this book, but I never get on well with magical realism I was plowing through the book just to get it over with, when I realized that I was really engaged with the story again I loved the descriptions of depression and thought the final few chapters were very poignant and beautifully written Not for everyone, but certainly glad that I continued to the end.

    18. I loved the mystical core of the story which was well written and captured in a time and place in the UK and Nigeria that was foreign to me as Canadian Irish Some jolly good humour as well as some tears.

    19. A beautifully written book about identical twins Bessi and Georgia Growing up in Neasden, of mixed parentage, they build their own world in the loft of their house Their relationship is central to the story, a sweet tender togetherness that is both funny and heartbreaking.

    20. Twins, sharing everything,completing each other A devastating event changes what they share with each other Can they live independent of each other, or dies it take them both to make the twoness.

    21. The book is a sad one A great debut novel by Diana Evans Love the dark wood writing style Dark wood is what I was imagining while I was reading it.I am in condition of writing the review of this book.It started slow, but then I realized that it is gonna be at that speed to the end So I started enjoying it, once I get all characters.Well, if I talk about the story, I liked it It is a story of twins Georgia and Bessi The family is on the verge of collapsing The divorced seem inevitable but it does [...]

    22. Georgia and Bessie are identical twins Born into a hectic, loving Nigerian British family, they share intimacies and nectarines on the attic beanbags at 26a Precocious older sister, Bel, and little Michael Jackson fan Kemy complete the quartet of Hunter sisters growing up in Neasden There is a magical quality to this novel prompted by a rich Nigerian folklore The twins hover between worlds between their father, Aubrey s, repressed anger and mother, Ida s, copious use of cayenne pepper between li [...]

    23. 26a is a story set in Neasden, London about a mixed race family The father is an Englishman and the mother a Nigerian woman They have four daughters Bel, Georgia Bessi identical twins and Kenny, the youngest The main storyline revolves around the twins The story begins when the twins are about 9 years old, they live in the loft of their house at 26 Waifer Avenue They name the loft 26a, hence the title Georgia and Bessi are both regular pre adolescent girls, with an amazing bond They share everyt [...]

    24. I thought this was a lovely book, well written with some beautiful phrases I liked all of the four sisters who bore a passing resemblance to Little Women from tomboy outspoken Kemy Jo , grown up sensible Bel Meg , slightly superficial and outgoing Bessi Amy to quiet, withdrawn Georgie Beth The sisters in this story as with Little Women really make the family as both parents are somewhat distant from the family unit Mum, Ida, always longing for her homeland of Nigeria and dad, Aubrey, too incline [...]

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