A beautiful summer's evening in a Kent field and around their two caravans a group of strawberry pickers celebrates a birthday. But what lies behind the buy-one-get-one-free offers at your supermarket and who picks our strawberries? The Ukrainians: Irina, just off the coach from Kiev, and Andriy, the miner's son from the other Ukraine; the Poles: Tomasz and Yola; two Chinese girls; Emanuel, the round-eyed eighteen-year-old from Malawi. And although he can't pick strawberries, there's also the Dog... Hilarious, gritty, moving and slapstick, Two Caravans has all the ingredients that made A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian so successful.
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At first glance a comic and romantic road-movie type tale, this book also shows the darker side of the UK through the eyes of migrant workers, and reveals how easy it is for young people from other countries to slip through the net into some appalling exploitation. Fast moving, not afraid to go into some difficult places - you may never eat chicken again after the description of factory farming - it succeeds in blending dark realism with enough upbeat slapstick humour to keep you hooked and wanting to know what happens next. And something certainly will happen next!
I've read the book before, but as I don't have as much time for reading these days absolutely love the audio book. The narrator is very successful at translating the finer quality of the characters which I remember from my first reading.
I've also ready 'A short history of tractors in Ukraine', and find both very inviting/welcoming. Some how the author is very successful at making you feel welcome in a world and culture which might not be your own. The author also doesn't shy away from difficult topics, and is brilliant at bringing out the best of humanity in her characters without making light of the reality they find themselves in.
Looking forward to reading 'we are all made of glue'!
Sian Thomas has a fanatic talent for reading any book by lewycka. She had us in stitches with this one. The story is gritty in places and a little sad but the characters and situation they get into are very entertaining. It certainly gives a different take on immigration and I'll certainly wash my strawberries well from now on.
The best so far
other books by the same author. Same style funny but poignant.
Excellent expression and dialogue.
Made me laugh and cry. Very funny but also shows the difficulties face by immigrants.
An excellent book. Light hearted in places,funny but sad too.
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