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Diana Evans

The Wonder
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  • ‘Evans interweaves the strands of her three-generation narrative with an exhilarating sense of place and period’ Daily Telegraph

    Read the dazzling family mystery from the Women’s Prize-shortlisted author of Ordinary People

    As a child Lucas thought that all children who'd lost their parents lived on water. Now a restless young man still living with his sister Denise on their West London narrowboat, he determines to find out more about the unexplained disappearance of his father, the charismatic Jamaican dancer, Antoney Matheus.

    Thus unfolds a journey from fifties Kingston to sixties Notting Hill and the host of unforgettable characters who peopled Antoney's theatrical world, most importantly Carla, Lucas's mother. The result is a haunting family saga of absence and inheritance, the battle between love and creativity, and what drives a young man to take flight...

    ‘Sparkles with mood, music and the sway of life’ Marie Claire

Diana Evans was a dancer before becoming a journalist and author. She has contributed to the Independent, Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Observer, Harper's Bazaar, the Daily Telegraph and many other publications, and holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Her first novel, 26a, received a Betty Trask award, a nomination for the Guardian First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award. It was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and has been translated into twelve languages. She lives in London.