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FROM THE AUTHOR OF ORDINARY PEOPLEIdentical twins, Georgia and Bessi Hunter, live in the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue. Their elder sister Bel discovers sex, high heels and organic hairdressing, the twins prepare for a flapjack empire, and baby sister Kemy learns to moonwalk for Michael Jackson.
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26a: Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers by Diana Evans

**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 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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"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 *

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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GOR003179143
26a: Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers by Diana Evans
Diana Evans
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2006-03-01
240
0099479044
9780099479048
Winner of British Book Awards: Writer of the Year 2006 Winner of Orange Award for New Writers 2005 Short-listed for Whitbread Book Awards: First Novel Category 2005
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