26a

  • by Diana Evans
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"Bittersweet...an alluring blend of fairytales and nightmares." (Daily Mail)

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Customer Reviews

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Struggled to get into

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I've made three attempts to get into this book. I really struggled to connect with the narrative and the characters, or find any interest or enjoyment in the few chapters I read. Despite all the great reviews and an interesting synopsis, which attracted me in the first instance, I'm throwing in the towel.

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- Betty Cool

A story I didn't want to end.

I dutifully started listening to this book to prepare for a summer school but rapidly became totally engaged by the lives of these characters and discovered why twins are so fascinating to storytellers. Twinhood highlights for us the human desire to be our autonomous selves and yet part of someone else. The family has roots in Nigeria and in England and the story magically weaves these two threads together.There are mythic elements in the narrative as well as references to the fortunes of Princess Di which form an echo of what is happening to the twins and their parents and siblings. Fresh writing depicts the every day with both humour and also heart-searing sadness. The narrator had a completely sympathetic voice which, for me, intensely enhanced the story.I didn't want to say good-bye to her voice either.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-10-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios