In Charlotte Mendelson’s comic tale, a Hungarian teen swaps a flat full of female relatives for the dubious delights of an English boarding school.

In a tiny flat in West London, 16-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 un-English 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.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2013
Published by
Picador
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