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Diana Evans


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Diana Evans is a graduate of the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA and has published short fiction in a number of anthologies. She has worked as a journalist and arts critic for Marie Claire, the Evening Standard, The Source and Pride magazine, and writes regularly for the Independent and the Stage. She lives in West London.
 
 

Novels
   26a (2005)
   The Wonder (2009)
   Ordinary People (2018)
   A House for Alice (2023)
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Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2005) : 26a
Whitbread Prize Best First Novel nominee (2005) : 26a
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2019) : Ordinary People
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2019) : Ordinary People


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Assembly (2021)
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