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Title: 26A
Authors: Evans, Diana
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 230
Year: 2005
ISBN-10(13): 9780099479048
Publisher: Random House
Language: English
Description: Georgia and Bessie Hunter are identical twins, daughters of an English father and a Nigerian mother, growing up in a London suburb punctuated by a sojourn in Nigeria for their father's work. It is there that the seeds of calamity are sown, the impact to reverberate for the rest of their lives.

Replete with eloquently drawn characters, this is a warm and moving story that considers not only twinship and the twists and turns of family life, but what one must do to survive the challenges and trauma of reaching adulthood. Winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers.

Comments from Groups:

A beautifully crafted book-very touching-enjoyed particularly by the women in our mixed group. It engendered an interesting discussion on cultural and sibling issues. Greytown 001

Difficult to get into but really enjoyed. Descriptions lovely...Connection between twins very interesting..Really engrossing...Didn't really enjoy it-didn't connect: Comments from Carterton 001

This was enjoyed by all, we felt it was so well written with wonderful descriptive sentences and passages, a winner! Whangarei 004

Mixed feelings about this book, some really liked the writing...some struggled with the middle part of the book. Interesting to that that it is her first book, wonder what her next book would be? Hikurangi 001

Most members enjoyed this book. One Scottish member disliked this book! We had a good discussion about `villages` in NZ, about prejudice and about young narcissistic financiers. Wellington 123

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Relationships, Young narrator, UK, Africa, Blind Foundation book

Reviews

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By: HOKITIK 001 2019-04-10 12:29:06
3.5 
We enjoyed this book but found it difficult for the first third. It was written in a very different and quirky way which was compelling, as was the portrayal of twin-ship, and the separate paths taken at maturity. The author had obviously experienced the pain and grief of being unable to save a loved one, and to bring her back to a place of sanity. An interesting read.

By: AUCK 368 2019-04-10 12:24:52
4 
This book was a light, easy read and enjoyed by most.

By: WELL 036 2019-04-10 12:08:36
3 
Not all members read the book. Some found the book difficult to get into, but persistence paid off.

By: WELL 120 2019-04-10 12:07:15
4.5 
All present at our meeting found it a very interesting and challenging read. It generated a great deal of discussion.

By: LITRIV 001 2019-04-10 12:01:00
4 
Some members really enjoyed this book, but most of us thought it was lacking something. However we all loved the descriptive but concise way of writing.

By: WANAK 005 2019-04-10 11:59:41
5 
Although only seven of our members present, we all enjoyed and got something out of this book.

By: TAUM 003 2019-04-10 11:58:15
4 
Three members couldn't finish this book - the rest of us thought it was excellent, and it prompted a long discussion.

By: AUCK 135 2019-04-10 11:56:39
4.5 
Our group thought the book a well-written contemporary story. The notes were excellent with their detailed page numbers. It all generated an excellent discussion.

By: RAUM 001 2019-04-10 11:55:28
4.5 
Wonderfully written. A deceptively sunny start, then ending in tragedy.

By: PIOPIO 001 2018-07-17 18:39:11
4 
A book showing great insight into family dynamics and the spiritual and mystical connections between twin sisters and their siblings. The author’s delightful use of picturesque phrases lightened the sombre underlying themes of repressed feelings, alcoholism, depression and suicide.

 
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