A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 2, 2006 - Fiction - 336 pages

WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION
WINNER OF THE SAGA AWARD FOR WIT 2005
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2005

'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcée. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside.'

Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth.

But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget . . .

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is bestselling author Marina Lewycka's hilarious and award winning debut novel.

'It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer' Time Out

'Hugely enjoyable...yields a golden harvest of family truths' Daily Telegraph

'Delightful, funny, touching' Spectator

Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels Two Caravans (published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada), We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin.

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Hmm... perhaps if I'd known that this was marketed as a "comic" novel I might not have started it. It was perfectly fine although it was neither one thing nor the other and certainly not funny in the ... Read full review

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About immigration & the knock-on effect the World Wars had on people in the East even up to this day, but told in a light, funny story. I enjoyed it a lot, although I suspect I missed some of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Marina Lewycka lives in Sheffield with her husband and daughter, and teaches at Sheffield Hallam University.

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