Ukraine-flavoured saga overcomes clumsy title

A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian: A Novel, by Marina Lewycka, Penguin/Viking, €18.70.

21st May, 2005

A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian: A Novel, by Marina Lewycka, Penguin/Viking, €18.70.

Burdened with a title that saw it consigned to the Agriculture and Farming sections of many bookshops, this first novel by Marina Lewycka got off to a rather inauspicious start. Happily though, it has managed to rise above this, and is now the frontrunner on the shortlist for the prestigious Orange Prize.

That required a certain kind of chutzpah, which...

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