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Diana Evans

Diana Evans is an author of novels as well as short fiction. Born in London, she spent part of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, her mother’s country. She obtained an MA in Media Studies from the University of Sussex and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She worked as a dancer before establishing herself as a journalist and author. Her first novel 26a (2005), was inspired by her own childhood in Neasdon and the death of her twin, received high acclaim. Evans received a Betty Trask award, was shortlisted for several other prizes, became the Decibel Writer of the Year winner at the British Book Awards and the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers in 2006. Her second novel, The Wonder appeared in 2009. Her short fiction has been anthologised by Penguin and other publishers. She has taught writing workshops at venues including Arvon and Royal Holloway College.


Cuder-Dominguez, Pilar. “Double Consciousness in the Work of Helen Oyeyemi and Diana Evans.” Women: A Cultural Review 20.3 (2009): 276-86.

Pérez Fernández, Irene. “Embodying ‘Twoness in Oneness’ in Diana Evans’s 26a. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 49.3 (2012): 1-12. Print.

Evans, Diana. 26a. Chatto & Windus, 2005. Print.

—. The Wonder. Chatto & Windus, 2009. Print.

—. “The Books that Made Me.” Black Britain: Beyond Definition. Spec. issue of Wasafiri 64 (2010): 35-37. Print.

Scafe, Suzanne. "Diana Evans’ 26a and The Wonder: Space, Place and Affect." Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’. Edited by Misrahi-Barak, Judith, David Howard, Thomas Lacroix and Sally Barbour. Presses Universitaires de la Mediterranée, 2015. pp 115-134.

. “Unsettling the Centre: Black British Fiction.” The History of British Women Writers. Vol. X, edited by Mary Eagleton and Emma Parker, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015, pp.  214-228.

Vogt-William, Christine. “Meeting Mr. Hyde and Dr. Stone: Mixed Race Twins and White Fathers in Contemporary Diasporic Novels.” Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’, Vol. 2 Diaspora, Memory and Intimacy. Ed. Sarah Barbour, Thomas Lacroix, David Howard & Judith Misrahi-Barak. Montpellier : Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2015. 135-154. Print.

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