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  • Published: 22 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141932484
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Various Pets Alive And Dead




The eagerly awaited new comic novel from Britain's funniest bestselling novelist

Marcus and Doro were part of a commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, Left politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that he is still doing a Maths PhD at Cambridge, while in fact working making loadsa money in the City; while third child Oolie Anna, who has Downs Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own. Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.

  • Published: 22 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141932484
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the author

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka's novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. Subsequent novels include Various Pets Alive and Dead; Two Caravans; We Are All Made of Glue and The Lubetkin Legacy.

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Praise for Various Pets Alive And Dead

An astute and hilarious take on modern values

Stylist

Thank heavens for Marina Lewycka whose Various Pets Alive and Dead me laugh at least once in every chapter . . . The warmth of its tone, its zest, its blend of quirky, humane comedy and intellectual seriousness make this a novel to treasure

New Statesman

Not many authors could successfully mix lentils, bra-burning and free love with city traders, quantitative analysts and the mathematical calculations that supposedly make naked short selling, CDOs and subprime mortgages infallible. But Marina Lewycka is an exception . . . Never has reading about something serious been quite so much fun.

Economist

Lewycka treats her characters with real affection and combines the big themes and acutely-observed details with characteristic lightness of touch

Daily Mail

Lewycka displays a similar mix of astringent humour and worldly humanism in her forth novel as she did in her acclaimed debut . . . a funny, farcical novel

Metro

[Lewycka is] a warm and humane writer . . . most affecting

Sunday Telegraph

An affectionate picture of a free-thinking, beatnik lifestyle now regarded as batty, but which was underpinned by a real desire to change the world. We could all do with a bit more of that

The Herald

Lewycka is a warm and humane writer

Guardian

Wonderfully funny . . . a dizzy, eye-watering treat . . . Lewycka is somewhere between Hilary Mantel in her satirical mode and Sue Townsend

Independent

Marina Lewycka's latest novel is wonderfully funny with moments of pure farce in the best tradition of social satire . . . this inventive and witty book fizzes along from beginning to end

Daily Express

Lewycka is not only witty but astute . . . it is a charming, beautifully observed novel, and those who label Lewycka a merely whimsical or quirky comic writer woefully underestimate her abilities

Independent on Sunday

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