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Almost English

Charlotte Mendelson

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014.

Home is a foreign country: they do things differently there . . .

In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations and their fierce unEnglish pride, by their strange traditions and stranger foods, she knows she must escape. But the place she runs to makes her feel even more of an outsider.

At Combe Abbey, a traditional English public school for which her family have sacrificed everything, she realises she has made a terrible mistake. She is the awkward half-foreign girl who doesn't know how to fit in, flirt or even be. And as a semi-Hungarian Londoner, who is she? In the meantime, her mother Laura, an alien in this strange universe, has her own painful secrets to deal with, especially the return of the last man she'd expect back in her life. She isn't noticing that, at Combe Abbey, things are starting to go terribly wrong.

 

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781447220008
Published: 10/04/2014

Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte Mendelson was born in 1972 and grew up in Oxford. Her second novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, won the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Her third, When We Were Bad, was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. Charlotte lives in London with her family.

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