Diana Evans is a British author of Nigerian and English descent. Her bestselling novel, 26a, won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers and the British Book Awards deciBel Writer of the Year prize. It was also shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book, the Commonwealth Best First Book and the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough awards, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Wonder, was also published to critical acclaim and is under option for BBC television dramatisation. She is a former dancer, and as a journalist and critic has contributed to among others Marie Claire, The Independent, Dance Theatre Journal, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, the Financial Times and Harper’s Bazaar. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and was a Royal Literary Fellow at the London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Ordinary People is her third novel, and received an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award. She lives in London with her partner and two children.