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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241961831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241961834
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany, after the war, and moved to England with her family when she was about a year old. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel, Two Caravans, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Two Caravans and Marina's third and fourth novels, We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are all available in Penguin. Marina Lewycka lives in Sheffield.


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An exuberantly comic writer whose work is characterised by both great humanity and unusual charm (Evening Standard )

A witty, touching story about an unlikely friendship (Express )

Gorgeously funny (Independent )

Had me crying with laughter (Daily Telegraph )

Vibrant dialogue, a family in meltdown, a clash of cultures and wonderful cast of expertly observed characters. Pure laugh-out-loud social comedy (Daily Mail )

Hilarious. A big-hearted confection of the comic and the poignant (Literary Review )

A big, bustling novel, told with enthusiasm by a narrator who is warm, winningly disaster-prone and, crucially, believable (Spectator )

Georgie is a lively, intensely sympathetic narrator ... brimming with warmth and busyness (Guardian )

Marina Lewycka is an instantly likeable writer, funny, intelligent and refreshingly generous in her assessments of people and their motivations. She writes about modern life so well. An extremely enjoyable read (New Statesman )

Uplifting. Lewycka's style is so appealing, so friendly (Sunday Times )

A truly engaging and funny book (Woman )

Lewycka is a good, serious writer with a strong, original voice (Sunday Telegraph )

A very funny and touching story of a friendship and a mystery unravelled

(Woman & Home ) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany, after the war, and moved to England with her family when she was about a year old. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel, Two Caravans, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Two Caravans and Marina's third and fourth novels, We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are all available in Penguin. Marina Lewycka lives in Sheffield.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved this warm, funny story about two lonely women who form an unlikely but very touching friendship.

When she's not editing online articles about adhesives, Georgie is penning her hilariously bad romantic novel 'The Splattered Heart' and dreaming of lantern-jawed heroes. There are some very funny moments but, as with Marina Lewycka's previous book, Two Caravans, there's a serious side as well.

After being named as her next of kin when Mrs Shapiro goes into hospital, Georgie unravels her neighbour's history through a series of hidden letters and photographs, spanning the rise of Hitler and the Arab-Israeli conflict, with some pretty shocking discoveries along the way.

Mrs Shapiro is a wonderfully colourful creation and Marina Lewycka's brilliant ear for dialogue is very much in evidence. Unfortunately there's no 'Dog' this time, but there are plenty of cats to keep animal lovers happy (I loved 'Wonder Boy').

After being a bit underwhelmed by Tractors (I blame the hype) but loving Caravans, I wasn't sure what to expect this time, but on the evidence of her latest book Marina Lewycka gets better and better. The 'message' is perhaps a little cheesy - something to do with the 'glue' that holds us all together - but totally forgivable as the endearing characters and gentle humour made this a really entertaining and uplifting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DARREN "Big Nose" WALKER on 24 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed both of Marina Lewycka's 2 previous books, and had my doubts that "We are all made of glue" would be able to come anywhere close to their humour and pathos. Well, yet again I was happily mistaken. This book is by far much better. It has the usual mix of poignancy, pathos and a great big dose of humour just for good measure.

It follows Mrs Shapiro, an elderley Jewish lady and Georgie, a glue journalist and aspiring Mills & Boon type author. They meet at a discount area of a supermarket and the strange friendship that developes encompases grasping social workers and estate agents. Some very dodgy builders and a mystery about who Mrs Shapiro really is.

There is plenty to make you laugh but also a fair amount to make you think as well. Taking in the North/south social divide, WWII, the holocaust, the Belfour declaration and Isreal's history since 1948, but don't let that put you off, this is an excellent read. Wonder Boy is fantastic and probably has the best introduction in a book I have ever read.

If you are looking for a well written entertaining book this is well worth the investment as it is one of those books that can be read time and time again and still make you laugh.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amanda J. Volley on 7 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
Marina Lewycka's book are like plain brown paper parcels that contain something wonderful titles about 'tractors' caravans' and 'glue' may not get your pulse racing but this is beautifully crafted, effortlessly funny stuff. I am not really fussed if I laughed a little bit less with this one than her previous books...laughs in fiction are few and far between so, I applaud anyone who genuinely put a big smile on my mush. I love the fact that while the touch is delicate - the issues can be heavyweight...painful conflicts, marital break-down, scandelous care of the elderly and a son obsessed with Armagedon.
I love the subtle homour....it's hard to give an example without blowing the plot but a suitably ditzy would-be novelist befriends an insane 'lady' of indeterminate age and origin and has to poke around her gruesomely smelly house - incontinent old ladies/many cats etc...the bathroom is suitably disgusting but, a fairy Godmother social worker dismisses the appalling state with a kindly "There's no accounting for cultural diversity"...a quote I'll memorise and use again I am sure.
great book...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tonyinselby on 18 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Isn't it odd, how different people see different books? For me this was the best of Lewycka's three books so far. I found "Tractors" readable but to be trying a bit too hard - "look at me, me I can write of funny families who have odd outlandish customs from foreign, yes?" (though I'm sure Marina Lewycka doesn't talk like that) and "Caravans" was far better, maybe because it was less claustrophobic, less limited to the odd antics of a single family. This, for me, is better again.

We're back to a "single family" cast here, or at least a family which is getting steadily weirder plus a very weird old lady who has a touching history (or does she?). The weird old lady maybe owes a little too much to Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van (Miss Shepherd, a real person whose story is told in The Lady In The Van) but is pretty much believable, as is her struggle with the Forces of Darkness in the form of Social Services - the internal power struggles within Social Services are especially funny. I'd recommend trying this one, even if you tried "Tractors", didn't like it, and didn't bother with "Caravans" on the strength of that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
After enjoying 'Tractors', and disliking 'Caravans', I wondered what I would make of 'Glue'. Actually, it turned out to be my favourite of the three.

Georgie Sinclair lives in London, after moving there with her family from Leeds. Her husband, Rip, is a lawyer working for a worthy cause but, after an incident involving a toothbrush holder, Georgie throws a wobbly and Rip ends up moving out. She throws his precious records on a skip, along with most of his other valued possessions, and one night she looks out of the window to see a figure rummaging in the skip. This is Mrs Naomi Shapiro, a batty old Jewish lady, who lives in a ramshackle, but highly sought after house, with a range of randy and mangy cats.

There follows a chaotic set of events involving hospitals, nursing homes, Arab handymen, wolfish estate agents, crooked social workers and Georgie's son Ben's religious ravings.

This is a dry, funny book and Marina Lewycka really excels at this type of humour in her writing. The story is told by Georgie in a first person narrative, and this works very well in this book. The characters are bizarre and unusual and the story is brought together very well. My only criticism is that, for me, it was a little bit too long, but still an excellent piece of writing.
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