Marina Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II. Her family subsequently moved to England where she now lives. She graduated from Keele University in 1968 with BA in English and Philosophy and from the University of York with a BPhil in English Literature in 1969. She began, but did not complete, a PhD at King's College London.
Lewycka's debut novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian won the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing at the Hay literary festival, the 2005/6 Waverton Good Read Award, the 2005 Saga Award for Wit; it was long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. The novel has been translated into thirty-five languages, including Chinese, Romanian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Slovene, Russian, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, and Catalan.[dead link]
Her second novel Two Caravans was published in hardback in March 2007 by Fig Tree (Penguin Books) for the United Kingdom market, and was shortlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize for political writing. In the United States and Canada it is published under the title Strawberry Fields.
In 2009, she donated the short story "The Importance of Having Warm Feet" to Oxfam's Ox-Tales project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Lewycka's story was published in the 'Earth' collection.
Later the same year, she donated a second short story, "Business Philosophy", to the Amnesty International anthology Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- "From Tractors to Caravans". Grapevine (Alumni Office, University of York) (Autumn 2007): 17.
- Contemporary Writers, British Council
- "Best-selling book would not exist without master's course". Sheffield Hallam University. 14 March 2012.
- Man Booker Prize 2005
- Translations of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
- The Orwell Prize Shortlist 2008
- "Various Pets Alive and Dead - Marina Lewycka - Penguin Books". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Oxfam: Ox-Tales
- Complete bibliography, list of awards and critical perspective at Contemporary Writers website
- In depth biographical article at Derbyshire Life magazine website
- "Better Late Than Never", Interview by Stephen Moss, The Guardian, 31 May 2007. Retrieved on 31 May 2007
- Three Monkeys Interview
- Debut Novelist Takes Comic Prize about her winning the Bollinger for A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
- Review of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Guardian, 19 March 2005
- Review of Two Caravans, TimesOnLine, 25 March 2007
- Interview in the Guardian, 15 July 2008
- Marina Lewycka talks about We are all Made of Glue on The Interview Online