After the phenomenal success of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka is back with The Lubetkin Legacy, a hilarious, farcical, tender novel of modern issues and manners. The Times found it ‘a joy to read’, while The Sunday Times celebrated the ‘Warmth, kindness and inclusivity’ that lie at the core of all her books.
The Lubetkin Legacy captures a very twenty-first century North London: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital 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 at the altar of new builds.
At a time of great uncertainty, Lewycka offers a warm, heartfelt message about the vital importance of tolerance and community – We could not be more delighted to welcome this incredibly talented, charismatic author to St Andrews.