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From the acclaimed author of 26a, and winner of the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers, comes a dazzling new novel about the fight to achieve one's dream, and an unsolved disappearance at the heart of a family.
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Published: 05 August 2010
Genre: General & literary fiction
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 mystery of absence and inheritance, the battle between love and creativity, and what drives a young man to take flight...
The most dazzling depiction of the world of dance since Ballet Shoes'
Kate Saunders, The Times
Sparkles with mood, music and the sway of street life
Eithne Farry, Marie Claire
Evans interweaves the strands of her three-generation narrative with an exhilarating sense of place and period
Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph
The Wonder embraces its theme with great heart. It's hard not to be seduced by its talented, difficult hero
Susan Elderkin, FT
Bedazzling...the alluring fairytale quality of her story. Hauntingly good
Eithne Farry, Daily Mail
The novel is fuelled by the mystery at its heart, and by felicitous description...most striking is the delicacy and power in which Evans depicts emotional disturbance
Maya Jaggi, The Guardian
Diana Evans brings a style and technique to The Wonder that enhance the reader's immediate pleasure, and it is sustained throughout by her flair for the colourful phrase, for attention to detail ... 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
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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Diana Evans was a dancer before becoming a journalist and author. She has contributed to the Independent, Marie Claire, Guardian, Observer, Harper's Bazaar, Daily Telegraph and many other publications ...