Author(s): Marina Lewycka
"Two Caravans" is the hilarious and engaging second novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka. A field of strawberries in Kent...And sitting in it are two caravans - one for the men and one for the women. The residents are from all over: miner's son Andriy is from the old Ukraine, while sexy young Irina is from the new: they each other warily. There are the Poles, Tomasz and Yola; two Chinese girls; and Emauel from Malawi. They're all here to pick strawberries in England's green and pleasant land. But these days England's not so pleasant for immigrants. Not with Russian gangster-wannabes like Vulk, who's taken a shine to Irina and thinks kidnapping is a wooing strategy. And so Andriy - who really doesn't fancy Irina, honest - must set off in search of that girl he's not in love with. "Immensely appealing. All but sings with zest for life...could hardly be more engaging, shrewd and winningly perceptive". ("Sunday Times"). "Extremely funny, closely observed insights, scenes of farce, tragedy and horror". ("The Times Literary Supplement"). "Hilarious and horrifying, "Two Caravans" is funny, clever and well observed". ("Guardian").
Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels "We Are All Made of Glue" and "Various Pets Alive and Dead" are also available from Penguin. "Two Caravans" is published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada.
Shortlisted for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2008 and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2007.
Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany at the end of the war and grew up in England. Her novels, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and We Are All Made of Glue are available in Penguin now.