Marina Lewycka, a British author of Ukrainian descent, was born in 1946 in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany. Her family moved to the UK when she was just a toddler. She studied English and Philosophy at Keele University and is currently a lecturer in Media Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian mirrors her life in many ways. Her older sister was born in Russia and her family was sent to a labour camp in Germany during the war. Marina’s father was a tractor enthusiast and married a younger Ukrainian woman after the death of her mother.
A Short History was translated into 29 languages – except Ukrainian. Apparently the Ukrainians took offence to being portrayed as rough-around-the-edges gold-diggers.
Marina started her career as an author writing several books for Age Concern. Her first novel was A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005), followed by Two Caravans (2007) and We are all made of Glue (2009). In 2009 she donated a short story entitled The Importance of Having Warm Feet to the Ox-Tales project, which was published in the Earth collection.
Marina lives in Sheffield, is married to Dave, a Kiwi mining consultant and has a daughter, Sonia.
Marina's website and blog can be found at www.marinalewycka.com