ISBN 9781447229933,Almost English

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ISBN 9781447229933
Publisher

Pan Books Ltd

Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781447229933

ISBN-10 1447229932
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 288 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

English language teaching (ELT)

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 familys crushing expectations and 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.
This is the extraordinary new novel from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of When We Were Bad. 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 familys 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 doesnt 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 shed expect back in her life. She isnt noticing that, at Combe Abbey, things are starting to go terribly wrong.

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