Diana Evans is the author of three novels, 26a, The Wonder, and most recently Ordinary People, which came out this spring in the UK to much acclaim and is out this week in the US. She talked to Claire about her favourite London-set books, her own past life as a dancer, why it was important for her to capture the experience of middle class black brits, and more.


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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

26a, by Diana Evans

The Wonder, by Diana Evans

Ordinary People, by Diana Evans

After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie, by Jean Rhys

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith

This Is London: Life and Death in the World City, by Ben Judah

Heart Berries, by Terese Marie Mailhot

Tender Is the Night, by F Scott Fitzgerald

Dancer, by Colum McCann

Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake, by Lucia Joyce

Nijinski, by Richard Buckle

The Cranes Dance, by Meg Howrey

Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates

Rise, by Gina Miller

Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story, by Viviana Durante

Ed Sheeran: Memories We Made, by Christie Goodwin

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)


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