‘Highly coloured, linguistically inventive. Evans has a powerful and often beguiling imagination’
The Daily Telegraph
Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers
Winner of the deciBel Writer of the Year Award
Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Book Award
Shortlisted for the Times/Southbank Show Breakthrough Award
Recipient of a Betty Trask Award
Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Twin sisters Georgia and Bessi live in the attic of a Neasden semi. Downstairs their mother is homesick for Nigeria, which their father exacerbates with a penchant for whiskey. Left to forge their own identities, the Hunter children build a separate universe, in which older sister Bel acts as nurturer and rebel, and little sister Kemy tries to be the third twin.
When the sanctity of childhood is tragically broken, the twins begin a treacherous journey into the real world and away from each other. How will they cope as individuals, and which of them will be stronger? 26a is both a comic growing-up tale and a haunting psychic drama about the unique relationship between twins.