Diana Evans The Wonder

ISBN 13: 9780701177973

The Wonder

3.24 avg rating
( 42 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780701177973: The Wonder
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

As a child Lucas assumed that all children who'd lost their parents lived on water. Now a restless young man, and still sharing the West London narrowboat with his down-to-earth sister Denise, he secretly investigates the contents of an old wardrobe, in which he finds relics from the Midnight Ballet, an influential dance company of the 1960s founded by his Jamaican father, the charismatic Antoney Matheus.

In his search to unravel the legacy of the Midnight Ballet, Lucas comes into contact with people who were drawn towards Antoney's bright and dangerous star. He hears of hothouse rehearsals in an abandoned Notting Hill church, of artistic battles and personal betrayals, and a whirlwind European tour. Most importantly, Lucas learns about Antoney's passionate and tumultuous relationship with Carla, Lucas's mother, and the events that led to his father's final disappearance.

Vividly conjuring the world of 1950s Kingston, Jamaica, the Blues parties and early carnivals of Ladbroke Grove, the flower stalls and vinyl riflers of modern-day Portobello Road, and the famous leap and fall of Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, Diana Evans creates a haunting and visceral family mystery about absence and inheritance, the battle between love and creativity, and what drives a young man to take flight...

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

`The most dazzling depiction of the world of dance since Ballet Shoes' --The Times

`Evans interweaves the strands of her three-generation narrative with an exhilarating sense of place and period' --Daily Telegraph

`The Wonder embraces its theme with great heart. It's hard not to be seduced by its talented, difficult hero' --Finacial Times

`bedazzling...the alluring fairytale quality of her story. Hauntingly good' --Daily Mail

`fuelled by mystery at its heart, and by felicitous description...is delicacy and power in which Evans depicts emotional disturbance'
--The Guardian

`sparkles with mood, music and the sway of street life' --Marie Claire

'The author's passion burns on the page, along with an almost tactile relish of the act of writing itself' --Scotsman

`Evans...writes with eye-catching fluidity, gracefully pirouetting between Notting Hill in the 1990s, and the Caribbean a decade earlier.' --The Sunday Times

"...like the movement of the dancers it describes, it feels always, captivatingly, `meant'" --Times Literary Supplement

`Evans...writes with eye-catching fluidity, gracefully pirouetting between Notting Hill in the 1990s, and the Caribbean a decade earlier.' --The Sunday Times

Book Description:

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780385668187: The Wonder

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  038566818X ISBN 13:  9780385668187
Publisher: Bond Street Books, 2009
Hardcover

9780099479055: The Wonder

Vintage, 2010
Softcover

9780385668200: The Wonder

Anchor...
Softcover

9781444801941: The Wonder

Charnwood, 2010
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Diana Evans
Published by Chatto & Windus, London (2009)
ISBN 10: 0701177977 ISBN 13: 9780701177973
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lazy Letters Books
(Market Rasen, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New book. Seller Inventory # 22654

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
3
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Evans, Diana
Published by Chatto & Windus (2009)
ISBN 10: 0701177977 ISBN 13: 9780701177973
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Welcombe Books
(BOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Chatto & Windus, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. A mint first printing in a likewise unclipped dust wrapper. Unread gift condition copy signed and Publication day dated 26th August 2009 by this Orange Prize winning author to the title page. BOXED DESPATCH: OVERSEAS AIR ONLY: PLEASE DO NOT SELECT SURFACE!. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-14969952390

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
19.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 18.46
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Diana Evans
Published by CHATTO & WINDUS
ISBN 10: 0701177977 ISBN 13: 9780701177973
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CHATTO & WINDUS. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0701177977

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
41.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds