Thursday, 25 October 2012

The other hand by Chris Cleave

Newsday calls this novel “searing….. poignant and compelling…. utterly believable and mesmerising.”  It is all that and so much more! Chris Cleave’s second novel set in contemporary Britain deals with immigration, depression, persecution and fear and the world as we know it now shown from two completely different viewpoints. It is quite simply a "must read".

There is a frontispiece in this novel that I have never ever seen before. It is a letter from the Senior Editor at Hodder & Stoughton which says, amongst other things, “that every now and then a book comes along that is so special it gives you goose bumps”. This is one of those very rare books.   Posted by Hastings Book Chat

The Other Hand was published in the USA and Canada as Little Bee.

About the Author

From Chris Cleave's website:

Chris Cleave is 38. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

His debut novel Incendiary won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize, and won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club’s First Fiction award 2005.

His second novel is titled Little Bee in Canada and the US, where it is a New York Times #1 bestseller. It is titled The Other Hand in the UK, where it is a Sunday Times bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award.

His third novel is Gold - see our review for Gold

Chris Cleave has been a barman, a long-distance sailor and teacher of marine navigation [read a short story I wrote about there here], an internet pioneer and a journalist. 

Read about The Other Hand on the author's website:

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The other hand by Chris Cleave, 2008

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