'Lively . . . a joy to read' - The Times
*Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize*
The bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is back in this hilarious, farcical, tender novel of modern issues and manners.
North London in the twenty-first century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat.
A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you.
A place rich in language - whether it's Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese.
A place where husbands go absent without leave and councillors sacrifice cherry orchards at the altar of new builds.
'Laugh-out loud' Daily Express
'Insightful, witty and engaging, painting a picture of modern Britain that will be at once recognizable and enlightening' Stylist
'Entertaining and timely' Evening Standard