Pets book cover
Various Pets Alive and Dead

Glue book cover
We Are All Made of Glue

Two caravans book cover
Two Caravans

Tractors book cover
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

January, 2015
I was honoured to be on BBC Radio 4 Book Club in January answering questions from the audience about A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, including a contingent of Ukrainian readers, and chaired by my favourite news-reader Jim Naughtie. You can listen to the Podcast here.

What's New






This Writing Life

And Finally ...

Welcome to Marina’s website

Welcome to my web page, where you can find out more about me and my books, photos of Ukraine, hints about writing, insomnia, nice walks in the Peak District, Japanese toilets, and more.


What’s New January 2016

Hurray! I have finally finished my new novel. It’s called The Lubetkin Legacy, and Figtree/Penguin will publish it in May. I’m sorry to have been away from this page for so long, but honestly I have had quite enough distractions, and I was beginning to think I would never get to the end.

It’s one of those books that, if you ask me what it’s about, I can’t describe it, but this is what the publisher says:

North London in the twenty-first century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat.

A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you.

A place rich in language – whether it’s Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili, or buxom housing officers talking managementese.

A place where husbands go absent without leave and councillors sacrifice cherry orchards on the altar of new build.

Marina Lewycka, author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukriainian, tells a new funny and brilliant story of life, love, death and the perils of not being George Clooney in the modern world. read more