Marina Lewycka

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Marina Lewycka
Born 1946 (age 70–71)
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Years active 2005–present

Marina Lewycka (born 1946) is a British novelist of Ukrainian origin.


Artwork for Two Caravans, recalling the North American title of the novel, Strawberry Fields.

Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel after World War II. Her family subsequently moved to England; she now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. She graduated from Keele University in 1968 with a BA in English and Philosophy, and from the University of York with a BPhil in English Literature in 1969.[1] She began, but did not complete, a PhD at King's College London. She was a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University until her retirement in March 2012.[2][3]


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,[4] the 2005/6 Waverton Good Read Award, and the 2005 Saga Award for Wit;[2] it was long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize[5] and short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.[2][6] The novel has been translated into 35 languages.[7]

Her second novel Two Caravans was published in hardback in March 2007 by Fig Tree (an imprint of Penguin Books) for the United Kingdom market, and was short-listed for the 2008 Orwell Prize for political writing.[8] In the United States and Canada it is published under the title Strawberry Fields.

Lewycka's third novel We Are All Made of Glue was released in July 2009 and her fourth novel Various Pets Alive and Dead came out in March 2012.[9]

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.[10]

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.

In addition to her fiction, Lewycka has written a number of books giving practical advice for carers of elderly people, published by the charity Age Concern.


  1. ^ "From Tractors to Caravans". Grapevine. Alumni Office, University of York (Autumn 2007): 17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Marina Lewycka". British Council Literature. British Council. 
  3. ^ "Best-selling book would not exist without master's course". Sheffield Hallam University. 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ BBC[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Man Booker Prize 2005 Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Guardian Archived June 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Translations of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian[dead link]
  8. ^ The Orwell Prize Shortlist 2008 Archived March 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Various Pets Alive and Dead - Marina Lewycka - Penguin Books". Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Oxfam: Ox-Tales Archived May 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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