Diana Evans is a British author of Nigerian and English descent. Her bestselling novel, 26a, won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers and the British Book Awards deciBel Writer of the Year prize. It was also shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book, the Commonwealth Best First Book and the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough awards, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Wonder, was also published to critical acclaim and is under option for BBC television dramatisation. She is a former dancer, and as a journalist and critic has written widely across the national press. Currently an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths University, she holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her third novel, Ordinary People, received an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award and was longlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction. She lives in London.