Strawberry Fields Hardcover – 16 Aug 2007
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Her last book was entertaining, but this one is better
Very buoyant, witty and informative (Peter Kemp The Sunday Times )
A great romp with considerable heart and winsomeness (Literary Review )
Another black comedy masterpiece an extraordinary, surprisingly funny tale (Easy Living )
Lewycka's heartfelt and funny novel packs as big a punch as any hard-hitting political polemic (Daily Mail )
Another winner from the author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Woman and Home )
Marina Lewycka has pulled off another story with a big heart (Daily Express )
An extremely funny book (Times Literary Supplement ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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`Her last book was entertaining, but this one is better...Very buoyant, witty and informative' The Sunday Times
`A great romp...with considerable heart and winsomeness' Literary Review
`Another black comedy masterpiece...an extraordinary, surprisingly funny tale' Easy Living
'Lewycka's heartfelt and funny novel packs as big a punch as any hard-hitting political polemic' Daily Mail
`Another winner from the author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' Woman and Home
`Marina Lewycka has pulled off another story with a big heart' Daily Express
`Lewycka's heartfelt and funny novel packs as big a punch as any hard-hitting political polemic' Daily Mail
`An extremely funny book' Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Supervised by the bossy Yola, whose main aim is to ensure that this community lives in sexual harmony, the farm is a hardscrabble world where the women always earn less than the men and where Leapish is more concerned with working with the grain of human nature to maximize both productivity and yield, than to look after the well-being of his employees.
Apart from the officious Yola the collection of workers is varied and eclectic. There's Yola's big nosed niece Marta, and two Chinese girls, and also Irina who has just arrived from Kiev, tired and disheveled, "with a faint whiff of chip fat about her." Meanwhile, the poor forty-something Thomasz, with hair to his shoulders and stringy beard, feels as though his life is just slipping away, even as Emanuel an African catholic lyrically sings his religious songs.
Orbiting all of them is Andriy, a miner's son from Donbas still haunted by the mine disaster in which he survived but where his beloved father died. What at first seems like a mild infatuation with the pure and rather snobbish Irina soon develops into a full blown romance as all of the workers are forced to flee after an accident leaves Leapish injured and Yola worrying about the police.Read more ›
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Well written and easy to related to if you have been involved with this aspect of farming.Published 3 months ago by Jane Turnbull
I read this book in Spanish, and I believe that language unwittingly captured more of the humour than the English version does. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Cutts
an interesting slant on Eastern Europeans doing badly paid agricultural work in the UK. Is it trying to deliver a message?Published 4 months ago by idwal
This is a dark and at times very sinister read getting into the often unseen world of immigrants, battling to subsist on shocking pay, awful conditions and sometimes outright... Read morePublished 4 months ago by keen reader
After a lucky encounter with Marina Lewycka's "Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" which I thoroughly enjoyed, I sought out her other books such as this one and was not... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MARK HABERFIELD
Great book, even better than "A history of tractors in Ukranian" which was also a great read. I like this author. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tara Be