Diana Evans is the author of three novels, 26aThe 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

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert

Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert

To Be Someone, by Ian Stone

Out of Love, by Hazel Hayes

The Seduction, by Joanna Briscoe

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


I encourage you, now and always, to buy some of your books from Black-owned bookshops in London and in the UK more generally.

Here’s a list of books by Black British authors.

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Sign up for Book of the Month and get your first book for just $9.99 with the code BRITLIT!

In the US, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!

Get your first three audiobooks for under $5 each with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.

Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com


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