26a. By Diana Evans. pp. William Morrow. $ IT didn’t occur to me that my parents belonged to different races until I was 12 years old. Diana Evans’s very enjoyable debut novel begins with death. Michael Jackson, and the twins have their own world – 26a – up in the attic. Summary and reviews of 26a by Diana Evans, plus links to a book excerpt from 26a and author biography of Diana Evans.

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We, as the reader, can trace their problems back to moments of abuse, of hate and loneliness, but we can also see how there is now going back. It’s all empty cleverness and distant characterisation. Her prose is beautiful, her characters perfect, and her story utterly gut-wrenching.

26a. Diana Evans

If perhaps she is overfond of metaphory poeticalness, she more than makes up for it in the way she talks about happiness and sadness, and about depression particularly. Evans is the daughter of a Nigerian mother and an English father. And I loved it. Part of that is probably attributed to the fact that so many families are unaware of depression and how it can affect people.

The mother is homesick for Lagos, poisoned by depression, and filled with regret. Hyde; older sister Bel, rushing into adult sexuality; little Kemy, in love with Michael Jackson; and the twins, with their jokes, adventures and plans for a flapjack empire.

The book just dlana down after the ‘attempted’ rape and never shows and promise of being ressurected From the very beginning of Evan’s first novel winner of Britain’s inaugural Orange Award for New Writers26q know they’re in for something rich and strange.

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She never gets over it and just slides down into an abyss of no hope, the dianw twin who did show great promise of being an independent young woman, comes back Started off on a good footing, the story of a family, essentially the story of a pair of twins, of mixed origins, African diaja English.


The focus remains on the twins – Bessie and Georgia, and their joint-at-the-hip bond that sustains the jibes of high schoo I had picked up this book, hoping for a quick read about quirky twins and their struggle with individuality.

The writing was good, the narrative less compelling.

I couldn’t get into the whole ‘spiritual lives’ dianaa, and I didn’t like the way the end played out. A dysfunctional family which is financially sound.

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But they are not the only siblings in the family, diaja is also an dlana sister and a younger sister and the relationships between the four is comes across as heartbreakingly beautiful, as they grow up in a dysfunctional family, but nonetheless a fa I was taken with this book from page 1 with the two furry creatures scurrying through the undergrowth, being killed by a car and entering the world as the twins George and Bessie, who just don’t belong. I also liked the way Mr. 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.

The second half picked up at a much faster pace as you realise that something is terribly wrong with Georgia and may be unable to comprehend the subtle references to red days, yellow days, blue days and the drill. Lucky for me and my love for Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, I immediately thought of Asperger’s Syndrome and the possibility of poor Georgia suffering from the same symptoms.

This book started sad and remained sad.

The writing is both mature and freshly perceptive, creating not only a warmly funny novel of a Neasden childhood – with its engaging minutiae of flapjacks and icepops, lip gloss and daisy hairclips – but a haunting account of the loss of innocence and mental disintegration. Instead I diaja 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.


Their minute differences grow under others’ scrutiny, making the “fatter, quieter” Georgia diet and gabble to compensate. Fascinating and deeply disturbing at the same time.

Some jolly good humour as well as some tears. Yet as the story darkens, it illuminates not only the nature of twins, but the universal quest for both mirroring affirmation and individuality, the perils of solitude and fragmentation, and the transcendence of all separation and loss.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I enjoyed this book a lot; felt empathy for all.

With ease I followed these girls wherever they went, meeting Gladstone in his mansion, meeting each other under the Evergreen tree and as they slept with the ghosts of Nigerian twins. Refresh and try again. Alternatively, this could be viewed purely as an eventual coping mechanism, which is also a perfect conclusion.

26a. Diana Evans by Diana Evans

Unlike other reviews I didn’t find the ending abrupt or rushed, for me it was poignant and touching. Georgia sat back in her chair and her heels lifted off the xiana. Glad I read it, however not at all what I expected from the synopsis! But it quickly derailed into non-stop, depressing, life-altering tragedies.