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Orange prize for fiction

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2005 shortlist title

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

synopsis

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

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Author biography

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.

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