Saturday August 8, 2020

Ukraine-flavoured saga overcomes clumsy title

{ "b" : "A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian: A Novel," , "cite" : "by Marina Lewycka, Penguin/Viking, €18.70."}

21st May, 2005

{ "b" : "A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian: A Novel," , "cite" : "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...

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