Lewycka charm in a council estate – The Lubetkin Legacy

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, literary london, London, Recommended


On a council estate in London Bertie’s mother dies; and in a desperate attempt to reclaim the flat he believes to be his he adopts an old Ukranian woman from a hospital to pretend to be his mother. Meanwhile beautiful and idealistic Violet moves in next door while to work at a International Wealth Preservation company, and there’s a plan to take down the estate cherry trees. 

This is my first experience of Marina Lewycka, but from my assumptions of her writing it rings true. Realism that highlights, gently mocks and celebrates the bizarre and ridiculous but nevertheless true idiosyncrasies of human life. She manages to tell what are some terribly sad stories, and usually pitiable people, with warmth and kindness that emphasises humanity above all else. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

If books had click bait titles – five titles for you to guess!

Book Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing Thoughts

What would book titles be like if they were more like click bait? I’ve had a go at a few – have a guess then highlight below for which book it is!

(read on my site to make it work – I’ve made the text the same colour as the background.)