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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Evans Narrator: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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Identical twins Georgia and Bessi live in the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue. Down below, their Nigerian mother puts cayenne pepper on Yorkshire pudding, and their father 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; and baby sister Kemy learns to moonwalk like Michael Jackson. But when reality comes knocking, the fantasies of childhood start to give way. How will Georgia and Bessi cope in the adult world, and which of them will be stronger?

Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26a is an extraordinary first novel, a successor to Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Monica Ali's Brick Lane. Part fairytale, part nightmare, it moves from the mundane to the magical with flair and imagination.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/14/2014

    " "...You wait for the rainbow to come," Says the Twin.."I am in the colors. And don't forget the flowers :-)." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Clark | 2/7/2014

    " Loved this tender story of the Hunter twins and their relationship with each other. For a debut novel, Evans really makes her mark on the literary world. The pace is slow but intense and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a satsifying read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LindyLouMac | 2/1/2014

    " Well I am left having read this book and still not knowing if I enjoyed it or not? Glad I read it, however not at all what I expected from the synopsis! It starts off as an enjoyable and amusing read but personally I found as it progressed that it became rather a sinister story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan Moloney | 1/21/2014

    " Stunning book, heartbreaking but beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timendu | 1/18/2014

    " It made me cry. It's been a while since a book did that. Superbly done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 12/31/2013

    " I really liked this book about twin sisters and how growing up as twins and how as they grow up their lives become so different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/27/2013

    " Well-written book about the relationship of very different twin girls growing up in England in the '80s. They live with parents from different cultures (English and African)and younger sisters. I enjoyed this book a lot; felt empathy for all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Sully | 12/21/2013

    " I struggled to get into this but glad I stuck with it. I found it quite intriguing seeing how the twins' relationship developed with each other and also with others. Plot development was subtle and I hadn't predicted the ending. A melancholy tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheyenne | 12/13/2013

    " Beautifully written, with some dark moments. Interesting story about the relationship of twin sisters. Reminded me a lot of Her Fearful Symmetry and Beloved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 11/25/2013

    " A subtle, compelling and moving book charting two girls and a slow descent into mental illness. I liked 26a and wasn't really expecting the story to end up where it did; very subtle and a nice development. Sombre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Ayres | 10/21/2013

    " I couldn't get into it - read the first 40 pages (using Nancy's Pearl's formula) and put it aside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 6/29/2013

    " This debut novel by Diana Evans is in turns surreal, funny, disturbing and very sad. I could not put it down but it is hard to review it without giving away important things about the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tula Neal | 1/30/2013

    " Loved this exploration of family ties, alienation and the descent into madness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/26/2012

    " Took me a while, it's a real epic in terms of the span of the story. I read a few other books in between. Very original use of language, and an interesting story of twins. Based (mainly) in London in the 70s, 80s and 90s, so I could relate to much of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan | 6/2/2012

    " I kept reading because I was really trying to understand what made this novel win the Orange prize. The writing was passable, the characters boring, the plot barely existent, the plotting dismal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Craig | 3/20/2012

    " A great read. This originally appealed because it was set in the next door suburb to where I lived in London. It had this famiililarity about it and mentioned places I know. Once I got into it I loved the intimacy of the relationships of the twins and the rest of the family. A recommended read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lene69 | 2/15/2012

    " It's absolutely fantastic and it is so well written. I do understand that Diana Evans has won different prizes when it comes to this book, it's a masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/12/2011

    " Bawled like a baby. The best off my module so far, definitely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 7/16/2011

    " Hard to believe that this is Diana Evans first book. Her writing is beautiful and poetic without being pretentious. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheyenne | 5/31/2011

    " Beautifully written, with some dark moments. Interesting story about the relationship of twin sisters. Reminded me a lot of Her Fearful Symmetry and Beloved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bird | 3/27/2010

    " Clever turns of phrase + well-executed magical realism = nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bluestgirl | 12/3/2008

    " Wonderful imagery, great family story. Sweet and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2008

    " I haven't read this one in a while but I remember loving it. It had me hooked by the end of the introduction. Beautiful language describing an intensely private world shared by twin girls... Really depressing though, not a good read if you need something uplifting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 7/30/2008

    " another book about the intense connetion between twins. this had a white teeth feel to it. i liked it more though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 7/24/2008

    " A subtle, compelling and moving book charting two girls and a slow descent into mental illness. I liked 26a and wasn't really expecting the story to end up where it did; very subtle and a nice development. Sombre. "

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