2005 shortlist title
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
When their recently widowed father in Peterborough announces his plan to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda realize they must put aside a lifetime of feuding in order to save him.
His new love is a voluptuous gold-digger from the Ukraine, half his age, with a taste for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, who stops at nothing in her single-minded pursuit of the luxurious western lifestyle she dreams of.
But the old man is also pursuing his eccentric dreams – and writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian
Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, at the end of the war.
She grew up in England, is married with a grown-up daughter, lives in Sheffield and teaches at Sheffield Hallam University.