'Charlotte Mendelson is much admired by the cognoscenti and Almost English ought to be a bestseller. The account of a girl from a family of Hungarian aunts, dealing with love and old lechers at a ghastly boarding school in the 1980s, is sheer bliss - pure rueful comedy with endless resourcefulness . . . I adore her novels and wish there were many more of them' Philip Hensher, Spectator
Now in paperback, this warm and witty novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. 16 year old half-Hungarian Marina plans to escape her life in a tiny West London flat, but when she attends Combe Abbey, a traditional English public school, she finds that she's the awkward foreign girl who doesn't know how to fit in.