Kate Saunders

Solidarity Hall

Various Pets Alive and Dead


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Marina Lewycka is one of those novelists whose reviews never quite reflect their huge popularity with actual readers. I managed to miss her bestselling A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, but I did review her second novel, Two Caravans, and found it tiresomely filled with warmth, ‘uplift’, slightly twee humour, and all the other elements that make up your classic, comfy book-club read. 

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