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"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, while 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? Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26A is an extraordinary first novel. Part fairytale, part nightmare, it moves from the mundane to the magical, the particular to the universal with exceptional flair and imagination. It is for anyone who has had a childhood, and anyone who knows what it is to lose one."--Publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385661225
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Twenty-six a


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Dec 10, 2012

An intriguing story of relationship between twins from childhood to young womanhood interspersed with magic, myth and the surreal. Wonderful characters, beautiful and original language. Needs careful reading.

Jan 25, 2010

This book was really good, but it was sad. It was however written very well and is worth a read. It is not simply a flaky novel, and actually has depth.

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