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26A

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Mint condition.Chatto & Windus,2005.First UK edition-second printing(2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3).Green hardback(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(small crease,nick and scratch on the Dj cover),both in mint condition.The book is new with a small nick on the edge of the pages.Price un-clipped.230pp.

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Review: From the very beginning of Evan's first novel (winner of Britain's inaugural Orange Award for New Writers), readers know they're in for something rich and strange. Two small furry creatures scurry through the night to their deaths--and are reborn as twins Georgia and Bessi. The middle daughters of Aubrey Hunter and his Nigerian wife, Ida, they occupy the attic room at 26a Waifer Avenue in London. When the twins are eight, the family takes a three-year sojourn in Nigeria, where they live a relatively grander life (We had servants, Bessi later brags), but where Georgia has a terrifying run-in with a ju-ju man that changes her. The novel meanders as the girls grow, pausing to explore an intricate weave of childhood fantasy, African religion, nightmare, pop mythology and the intense inner world of identical twins. All the Hunters are drawn with care: hard-working Ida, who misses her mother so desperately that she converses with her daily in her head; hard-drinking Aubrey, whom liquor transforms into a Mr. Hyde; older sister Bel, rushing into adult sexuality; little Kemy, in love with Michael Jackson; and the twins, with their jokes, adventures and plans for a flapjack empire. This is a funny, haunting, marvelous debut.