Marina Lewycka’s first novel, ‘A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian’, has sold more than a million copies in the UK and 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.
Now she presents her new novel, ‘The Lubetkin Legacy’, set in present-day North London: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother rather than lose the council flat, where husbands go absent without leave, and councillors sacrifice cherry orchards at the altar of new builds.
Lewycka’s London is filled with golden job opportunities, including the chance to dress up as a coffee bean, work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you. It’s all mixed into a rich stew of language: Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili and managementese.
Join Marina for an exciting exploration of her new work and to find out more about her writing process, inspirations and vision of contemporary Britain.