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 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.
"A hugely assured and very moving first novel" Mark Haddon Sunday Telegraph
Diana Evans schreibt bisher vor allem Kurzgeschichten. Ihr 2005 veröffentlichter Romanerstling "26a" wurde mit dem Orange Award for New Writers ausgezeichnet.
"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