Welcome to Marina's website
Marina Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Germany in 1946 and moved to England with her family when she was about a year old. (I have a cute picture of me in a pram sucking my thumb - see Biography) She spent most of her life since then trying to become a writer, and finally succeeded in 2005 with A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian which has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone. This was followed by Two Caravans in March 2007, We Are All Made of Glue in July 2009 and Various Pets Alive and Dead.
She lives in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Her books are published by Figtree, an imprint of Penguin. For more information, or to buy a book, visit Penguin
Various Pets Alive and Dead, my family saga about bankers, hippies and hamsters, is coming out in paperback in March. To celebrate, I've done a special e-book which will be marketed alongside it. Penguin said they wanted me to bring the 'Tractors' story up to date. So in a way, that's what I've done, though I suspect it's not quite what Penguin had in mind. It's called A ShortER History of Tractors in Ukrainian with Handcuffs, and it does bring you up to date on some of the Tractors characters, but it's more of a merry romp through the highways and byways of the literary landscape (from Proust to Harry Potter, from James Joyce to EL James, and Sherlock Holmes v Raymond Chandler) I had so much fun writing it! More ...