Almost English (Paperback)Charlotte Mendelson (author)
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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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 297 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 26 mm
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The premise of this book sounded good and I was sure I would enjoy but unfortunately there isn't much about it that I found enjoyable at all.
The characters of Marina and Laura just didn't seem believable,... More
“nice idea, not well executed”
I really liked the premise of this story, and its opening and closing were both of a decent standard. However for the majority of the book it felt a bit stuck.
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