Almost English

Charlotte Mendelson


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Pan Macmillan
17 August 2023
ISBN: 9781035020171
416 pages

From the publisher

'The multi award-winning Charlotte Mendelson is famous for whipping up the hottest, messiest family dramas a writer of literary fiction can . . . This is late Shakespeare meets Modern Family and it's irresistible' - The Times

In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations and their traditions, she knows she must escape.

At Combe Abbey, a traditional English private boarding school in the Dorset countryside, Marina realizes she's made a terrible mistake. Here, among the boathouses, chapel services and unspoken social hierarchy, she is the awkward half-foreign girl who doesn't know how to fit in, flirt, or even exist.

Meanwhile, her mother has her own painful secrets to deal with - especially the surprising return of the very last man she'd expect to see. And Marina's disastrous spiral at Combe Abbey is going unnoticed . . .

'A deliciously funny tale of dysfunctional families. . . Reading Mendelson's easy, assured prose is like sinking into something soft and velvety' - Telegraph

'I read and adored Almost English . . . and now I will read everything she's ever written. Charlotte Mendelson is a fiendishly gifted writer' - Marian Keyes