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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
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The Booker longlisted first book from Britain's funniest bestselling novelist, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time

About the Author

Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany at the end of the war and grew up in England. Her novels Two Caravans and We Are All Made of Glue are available in Penguin now.

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It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer * Time Out *
More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it
captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * Daily Express *
Funny, gritty, original ... one I adore * Independent *
Remarkable, a lovely novel * Sunday Telegraph *
An extraordinary read . . . nothing short of amazing. A rare treat, all too easy to gulp down in one greedy sitting * Spectator *
Outstanding * Literary Review *
Extremely funny * The Times *
Intelligent, lively, well written and compassionate * Financial Times *
Ploughs a rich comic furrow * Daily Telegraph *
A clever, touching story * Economist *
Mad and hilarious * Grazia *
Hilarious * The Times *
A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy... funny and touching * The Daily Mail *
Hugely enjoyable . . . yields a golden harvest of family truths * The Times *
Memorably inventive, unexpectedly moving * Daily Telegraph *
Wit, humour, sparkling dialogue, vivid characterization and generous spirit. Food for thought and a great read * Daily Mail *
Enthralling * Sunday Times *
Thought-provoking, uproariously funny, a comic feast. A riotous oil painting of senility, lust and greed * TLS *
More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * The Times *
A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy . . . funny, touching and completely convincing * The Spectator *

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