The author commutes between the UK and the Ukraine. She was born in a coal mining family in Avdiyivka in 1965, when the Republic was still one of the Russian Soviet States, and educated at state high-school level. On leaving school, she left the family home to work in a library in Donetsk. Enthused by the wealth of enlightenment and adventure she discovered in the variety of literature, she moved to Novorossiisk, a major Russian, Black Sea military and commercial seaport. Her command of English enabled her to secure employment liaising with European merchant seamen in the International Club, a leisure centre for local workers and visiting seafarers. Her edification in life was completed in a love affair with a British seaman.
When the Russian Soviets were disbanded after 1989, she worked her sea passage to the UK in search of affluence and with luck, her long lost love. Neither dream yet realised. But the years spent in the docks area of London among fellow aliens and illegal transients, working on the seedier level of east London’s nightlife, inspired her to the story of greed, violence, and lust that is the theme of her debut novel, MEAT.
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