Chris Cleave

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Little Bee - signed modern classic - 2015


Chris Cleave biographical information

Chris Cleave is a contemporary British author best known for his novels that explore complex human relationships and social issues. Born on May 14, 1973, in London, Cleave has made a significant mark in the literary world with his thought-provoking storytelling and engaging narratives. Cleave studied experimental psychology at Balliol College, Oxford, before pursuing a career in journalism. He worked for The Daily Telegraph, covering subjects ranging from international news to sports. Cleave's journalistic background has influenced his writing, and he often weaves socio-political themes into his novels.

One of Cleave's most notable works is his debut novel, Incendiary (2005), which tells the story of a woman who writes letters to Osama bin Laden after her husband and son are killed in a terrorist attack. The novel received critical acclaim for its emotional depth and exploration of the impact of terrorism on individuals. However, it was Cleave's third novel, The Other Hand (published as Little Bee in the United States, 2008), that brought him international recognition. The novel revolves around the lives of two women, one a Nigerian refugee and the other a British magazine editor, whose fates become intertwined. Little Bee explores themes of immigration, privilege, and the interconnectedness of lives, and it received widespread praise for its powerful storytelling and social commentary. Cleave continued to build on his literary success with Gold (2012), a novel that delves into the world of competitive cycling and the sacrifices made by athletes in pursuit of Olympic glory. The story revolves around the friendship and rivalry between two elite cyclists and addresses themes of ambition, love, and sacrifice.

Chris Cleave's writing is characterized by its empathy, exploration of ethical dilemmas, and a keen understanding of human nature. His novels have appealed to a broad readership and have been translated into numerous languages.


Little Bee

We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it.

Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it so we will just say this:

This is the story of two women.

Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice.

Two years later, they meet again - the story starts there...

Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.

The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 New York Times bestseller, book club favorite, and “affecting story of human triumph” (The New York Times Book Review) from Chris Cleave, author of Gold and Everyone Brave Is Forgiven.

We don’t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn’t. And it’s what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.


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