A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a touching, humorous and intriguing story about human and familial relationships and what we must do in order to survive.
Two sisters, Vera and Nadia, who are polar opposites and in the past never saw eye-to-eye, are drawn together by a common enemy – the young, voluptuous Valentina, who is pursuing their elderly widowed father in order to gain entry into the UK.
As the two sisters join together in order to put a stop to their fathers marriage to Valentina, Nadia begins to understand why perhaps her older sister Vera has always had such a harsh outlook on life, love and marriage. She learns about her parents life in Stalin’s’ Ukraine, her Mothers, Fathers and Sisters struggle in a German labour camp and their voyage to the UK to start a new life after the second world war.
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian won the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing at the Hay literary festival, the 2005/6 Waverton Good Read Award, and the 2005 Saga Award for Wit. The novel was long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. A Short History has been translated into over twenty-nine languages, including Romanian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Russian, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Finnish, and Portuguese.