Marina Lewycka is of Ukrainian origin and was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, during World War II. She lectures in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005), tells of the exploits of two feuding sisters trying to save their elderly father from a Ukrainian divorcee, Valentina. This book won the 2005 Saga Award for Wit, and the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. She has a grown daughter and lives in Sheffield, UK with her husband.
Festival: 2007 (fall)