- She was born in London in 1943.
- - From 1961-1962 she studied at the Sorbonne, Paris
- - She gradutated from the University of East Anglia
- - She lives in Norfolk.
Where does LEV, the main
character in the novel, come from?
Lev comes from a village called Auror which is in an
unspecified Eastern European country.
He had worked in a sawmill and became unemployed
when the factory closed because there were no more
trees left, as he says. He is also a widower and had to
leave his little daughter with his mother.
We, the reader, are accomanying him on his
interminable trip on a bus to England where he
arrives grey with exhaution and almost with no
money. He sleeps outside and gets his first job from a
moslem who is also struggling to survive.
How would you define such a person?
A poor immigrant
Verb: to immigrate
Lydia, the lady he met on the
bus, saves him from the street
by finding him what?
a job in a very elegant restaurant where he washes the
dishes and is slowly working his way up.
When Lev is at the house of Lydia‘s friend in
Mushwell Hill he realizes the big social gap but
handles it with humour when sitting ...... ............ he
relieves himself as quietly as he could.
On the toilet or lavatory and loo
Andy, the playwright later says that the English should
start to have the courage to look at the filth in that
Lydia invites Lev to do something very special.
What could it be?
She invites him to a concert with the Maestro
Greszler, the great conductor for whom Lydia is
The audience is very quietly waiting for the concert to
begin when something terrible happens to Lev. What
could it be?
His new cell phone starts to ring and he can‘t find it in
his clothes and as the ringing becomes louder and
louder the people and conductor are getting very
Lev is desperate and is leaving as fast as possible.
Through Lev‘s ............., we see London as the incomer
sees it and it is not at all an attractive and encouraging
Which word fits into the gap?
EYES is the answer.
Other words in connection are:
Eyesight : Somebody has a good eyesight.
This means that he sees well.
To eye sb. up = to look at a person and try to know
more about her or him.
Lev lives now in Christy‘s flat. His wife has left him and
he suffers because he is not supposed to have contact
with his daughter because he may have hit her when he
was drunk.Christ is Irish.
Which country is he from?
Christy is from Ireland.
Lev and Christy get on well together; they are both
lonly, like to drink and to smoke cigarettes.
Christy says „Life‘s a feckin‘ football match to the Brit
now. They didn‘t used to be like this, but now they are.
If you can‘t get your ball in the back of the net, you‘re
Do Christy and Lev feel at home in London and its
NO, NOT AT ALL!
They feel that they do not belong to this society.
Sophie,colleague from work, offers to help Lev to clean
up the..................and he falls
in love with her.
Later on when he is with her
and her friends in a bar where they all tell their stories
Lev feels very uncomfortable.
Lev understands that his.........
misses him very much and that by
running away from his sorrow he
made suffer her very much.
It‘s his little daughter who suffers very much
because she misses her father and he misses her,
too. Maya also informs her father that she can‘t
go iceskating anymore because Rudi‘s Tchevi is
Because Lev‘s love affair with Sophie comes to an
end, the former loses his job at GK Ashe‘s and has
to become an ............picker for the also lonely
Suffolk farmer Midge.
Fill the right vegetable into the gap.
Lydia gives Lev a very important book by William
Shakespeare for Christmas and before she leaves to
more or less live with the famous musician she tells
Lev to really read it because he will also find out
much about himself. Why
What‘s the name of the play/tragedy?
The play is called HAMLET
It seems that the ghost from Auror has followed
him to London.
Lev has a really crazy plan how to help Maya, Ina
Rudi and Lora who are in a desperate situation
because a .......... is supposed to be built and the
people from Auror will have to move to an apartment
and there are big problems with Rudi‘s car and Rudi
What do you think is Lev going to do and WHY?
They are going to build a dam and Auror will be
Please read the book and you will know the rest.