Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany at the end of the war and grew up in England. She is married with a grown-up daughter and lives in Sheffield. Her two previous novels, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Two Caravans, are available in Penguin now.
An exuberantly comic writer whose work is characterised by both great humanity and unusual charm * Evening Standard * A witty, touching story about an unlikely friendship * Express * Gorgeously funny * Independent * Had me crying with laughter * Daily Telegraph * Vibrant dialogue, a family in meltdown, a clash of cultures and wonderful cast of expertly observed characters. Pure laugh-out-loud social comedy * Daily Mail * Hilarious. A big-hearted confection of the comic and the poignant * Literary Review * A big, bustling novel, told with enthusiasm by a narrator who is warm, winningly disaster-prone and, crucially, believable * Spectator * Georgie is a lively, intensely sympathetic narrator ... brimming with warmth and busyness * Guardian * Marina Lewycka is an instantly likeable writer, funny, intelligent and refreshingly generous in her assessments of people and their motivations. She writes about modern life so well. An extremely enjoyable read * New Statesman * Uplifting. Lewycka's style is so appealing, so friendly * Sunday Times * A truly engaging and funny book * Woman * Lewycka is a good, serious writer with a strong, original voice * Sunday Telegraph * A very funny and touching story of a friendship and a mystery unravelled * Woman & Home *