Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian..............

......have you read this bestseller? Author Marina Lewycka was one of four writers at an event I attended with my father earlier this week. Her new book, Two Caravans is out shortly. Chairing the evening was biographer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent, Anna Sebba. The theme of the evening was Roots and Wings as the organiser, JCC highlights......

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings’. Hodding Carter II, Pulitzer-prize winning writer.

Join writers Charlotte Mendelson, Sarfraz Manzoor, Marina Lewycka and Hannah Pool, as they discuss the journey from roots to wings via family, religion and ethnic identity.

Charlotte Mendelson’s new novel, When We Were Bad, is a darkly comic story about a female rabbi and her dysfunctional brood. Sarfraz Manzoor has written Greetings From Bury Park, an affectionate memoir of growing up Muslim in Britain. Marina Lewycka has followed a Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian with another witty best-seller, Two Caravans, featuring strawberry-picking immigrants. Hannah Pool, adopted from an orphanage and brought to England, returned to Eritrea as an adult to seek her real father and wrote the much praised My Fathers’ Daughter.

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