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26a (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 02/03/2006
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WHITBREAD FIRST NOVEL AWARD Identical twins, Georgia and Bessi, live in the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue. It is a place of beanbags, nectarines and secrets, and visitors must always knock before entering. Down below there is not such harmony. Their Nigerian mother puts cayenne pepper on her Yorkshire pudding and has mysterious ways of dealing with homesickness; their father angrily 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 for Michael Jackson. It is when the reality comes knocking that the fantasies of childhood start to give way. How will Georgia and Bessi cope in a world of separateness and solitude, and which of them will be stronger?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099479048
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A hugely assured and very moving first novel" -- Mark Haddon * Sunday Telegraph *
"A remarkable first novel...vibrant...exotic" * Sunday Times *
"The Great Neasden Novel has arrived...Haunting and cherishable...A hugely promising debut" * Independent *
"A dazzling debut...I adored this book; I defy anyone to read the final pages without tears in their eyes. Easily the best book of the year so far" * Scotsman *
"This sparky debut novel... Enthralling from the first page, this bittersweet fusion of fairytales and nightmares is sugared by nostalgia and salted with sadness, Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail" * Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail *

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“26A”

I did not enjoy this book however I'm sure other who read it may like it.

Paperback edition
11th April 2012
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“Very moving first book.”

I really enjoyed this book, about two twins living in South London. I would say the last 50 pages had a profound effect on me. I don't want to give the story away, but its worth the read and judge for yourself.... More

Paperback edition
3rd October 2009
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