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


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By: PIOPIO 001 2018-07-17 18:39:11
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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