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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112535
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

The Wonder

From the author of the Women's Prize-shortlisted Ordinary People - this is a dazzling novel about the fight to achieve one's dream, and an unsolved disappearance at the heart of a family

'Evans interweaves the strands of her three-generation narrative with an exhilarating sense of place and period' Daily Telegraph
Read the dazzling family mystery from the Women's Prize-shortlisted author of Ordinary People
As a child Lucas thought that all children who'd lost their parents lived on water. Now a restless young man still living with his sister Denise on their West London narrowboat, he determines to find out more about the unexplained disappearance of his father, the charismatic Jamaican dancer, Antoney Matheus.

Thus unfolds a journey from fifties Kingston to sixties Notting Hill and the host of unforgettable characters who peopled Antoney's theatrical world, most importantly Carla, Lucas's mother. The result is a haunting family saga of absence and inheritance, the battle between love and creativity, and what drives a young man to take flight...

'Sparkles with mood, music and the sway of life' Marie Claire

'Diana Evans's fiction is emotionally intelligent, dark, funny, moving. The sheer energy in her novels is enthralling. A brilliant craftswoman, a master of the form, she makes the reader ask important questions of themselves and makes them laugh at the same time' Jackie Kay, British Council and National Centre for Writing's International Showcase on Britain's 10 best BAME writers

  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112535
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Diana Evans

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/Southbank Show Breakthrough awards, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Wonder, is currently under option for TV dramatisation. She is a former dancer, and as a journalist and critic has contributed to among others Marie Claire, the Independent, the Guardian, the Observer, The Times, the Telegraph, Financial Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Ordinary People is her third novel, and received an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award. She lives in London.


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Praise for The Wonder

The most dazzling depiction of the world of dance since Ballet Shoes'

Kate Saunders, The Times

Her prose is airbound at times - an exhilarating celebration of rhythm, sway and leap

Daily Mail

Darkens from an absorbing mystery into a touching reckoning... Most striking is the delicacy and power with which Evans depicts emotional disturbance

The Guardian

The story is complex, clever, seamlessly achieved, its many currents blending in harmony, sometimes in conflict, to recreate that sense of randomness and accident that resemble the truth of life in the chancy present...The author's passion burns on the page, along with an almost tactile relish of the act of writing itself

Tom Adair, Scotsman

A serious work of art with sentences like ribbons of silk winding around a skeleton of haunting imagery... Evans was born to write this novel


The Wonder embraces its theme with great heart. It's hard not to be seduced by its talented, difficult hero

Susan Elderkin, Financial Times

Evans interweaves the strands of her three-generation narrative with an exhilarating sense of place and period

Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph

Sparkles with mood, music and the sway of street life

Eithne Farry, Marie Claire

Like the movement of the dancers it describes, it feels always, captivatingly, 'meant'

Stephanie Cross, Times Literary Supplement

Evans...writes with eye-catching fluidity, gracefully pirouetting between Notting Hill in the 1990s, and the Caribbean a decade earlier

Trevor Lewis, The Sunday Times

Evans communicates the joy that comes out of, and the hard work that goes into, dance. She also has a keen eye and a neat way of communicating what she sees.

The Sunday Herald

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