Diana Evans

One of Jackie Kay’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“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


Aiming for a perfect balance between narrative drive and close attention to language.

Diana Evans is the award-winning author of Ordinary PeopleThe Wonder and 26a. Her prize nominations include the Guardian and Commonwealth Best First Book awards, and she was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. A book of the year in the New YorkerOrdinary People received the Southbank Sky Arts Award, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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‘A joy from start to finish’ – Literary Review

‘A deftly observed, elegiac portrayal of modern marriage’ – The Observer

‘A rewarding and ruthlessly funny novel’ – The Times

‘Exceptionally sensitive writing… a glimpse at how the slog of domesticity can turn to phantasmagoria’ – The New Yorker

‘Could easily be reimagined for the screen, though the film would not capture the sheer energy and effervescence of Evans’s funny, sad, magnificent prose’ – The Guardian

‘Extraordinary… An absorbing, beautifully written slice of London life’ – Metro

I’m very pleased to have my work included in the International Literature Showcase and grateful especially to Jackie Kay for the selection.



Ordinary People (2018)

The Wonder (2009)

26a (2005)

(All Chatto & Windus, Penguin Random House)

Contact Michael



Twitter: @DianaEvansOP


Aitken Alexander Associates: Clare Alexander


Chatto & Windus: Isobel Turton


Main image by Charlie Hopkinson.