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Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany, after the war, grew up in England and lives in Sheffield. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel, Two Caravans, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Two Caravans and Marina's third novel, We Are All Made of Glue, are all available in Penguin.
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A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you. A place rich in language - whether it's Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese. A place where husbands go absent without leave and councillors sacrifice cherry orchards at the altar of new builds.
March 2013 Book of the Month. A wonderful book full of political and social comment along with some brilliant characters and an impressive portrayal of the global financial crisis. Add her normal wit and a smattering of the unexpected and you have a major success. And for those of you who enjoyed A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka has returned to the characters in that book with a hilarious erotic twist in A Shorter History of Tractors in Ukrainian with Handcuffs, available to download in eBook format. Click here to find out more.
Marina Lewycka returns to the characters from A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, with a hilarious erotic twist, in this laugh-out-loud short story, A Shorter History of Tractors in Ukrainian with Handcuffs. 'Ever since she'd first read Sherlock Holmes, Laura Carter had dreamed of being a detective . . . Books were both her escape and her guilty pleasure, which eased her through the boring days and enlivened the nights when her husband was too tired for love. She devoured everything from Proust to Harry Potter, from James Joyce to EL James, she adored detective stories, but maybe her favourite author was Marina Lewycka, whose A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian had strangely echoed a case she had once worked on.'
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 April 2010. A warm and humorous read about two lonely women who form a friendship. Definitely one for fans of her previous novels and a great one to start with if you haven’t read her before.
We are very sorry but we have yet to review this book ourselves. However, as was selected for the Man Booker 2005 long list, we wanted to give you the opportunity to download an extract and let you make up your own mind.
A warm and humorous read about two lonely women who form a friendship. Definitely one for fans of her previous novels and a great one to start with if you haven’t read her before. A message from the author: “Whatever the capabilities of our eyesight, we can still have 20:20 vision in our imagination. Reading is a gateway for the imagination, and I'm delighted and proud to be part of a project to make Large Print books more widely available to all readers.” Marina Lewycka A message from Joanna Lumley: “Anything that makes reading easier is to be applauded – a bright light, a quiet room, large clear print…what could be more enticing. Focus has all my support." Joanna Lumley
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