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.
©2007 Marina Lewycka (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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!
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