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The Other Hand

by Chris Cleave

Part of the Flipback Series

The Other Hand Synopsis

Published for the first time in flipback - the new, portable, stylish format that's taken Europe by storm. Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Costa Novel of the Year, this international bestseller has become a reading group classic. 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 afterwards 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.

The Other Hand Press Reviews

So far it's the best book of 2009, no question. * Metro (US) * Will blow you away... the best kind of political novel: You're almost entirely unaware of its politics because the book doesn't deal in abstractions but in human beings. * Washington Post * A better book than Chris Cleave's THE OTHER HAND may be published this year, but I wouldn't bet on it. This exquisitely written story of a Nigerian refugee and a British glossy magazine editor is the most powerful novel I've read in a long time. . . it's also a very funny book about brave, funny people who the reader quickly grows to love. . . But the heart of the book is Little Bee; naive yet insightful and sophisticated, damaged yet capable of great courage and humour, she is an unforgettable character. I finished THE OTHER HAND in tears, and I still can't get it out of my head. Just read it. * The Gloss * Artfully plotted... [a] strong yarn. * Sunday Telegraph * 'Immensely readable and moving . . . an affecting story of human triumph' * New York Times * I felt the same excitement discovering this as I did Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Paul Torday's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. There is an urgency here, an inability to put it down and a deep sense of loss once finished. It is a very special book indeed. Profound, deeply moving and yet light in touch, it explores the nature of loss, hope, love and identity with atrocity its backdrop. Read it and think deeply. * Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller * In a novel that tackles serious and uncomfortable subject matter, Cleave's writing makes one laugh and despair in equal measure. (4 stars) * Time Out * Warm, witty and beautifully written. * Sunday Tribune * The next Kite Runner. * Library Journal * By turns funny, sad and shocking * Sainsburys Magazine * It would be hard not to romp through it. * Financial Times * You stay in thrall to the bittersweet end. * Scotland on Sunday * An exhilarating, disturbing read. * James Urquhart, Independent (Books of the Year) * impresses as a feat of literary engineering... the plot exerts a fearsome grip. * Daily Telegraph * totally believable... the author has a knack of explaining human suffering... I look forward to his next offering. * Daily Express * An ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia...Cleave immerses the reader in the worlds of his characters with an unshakable confidence. * Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian * Searingly eloquent. * Daily Mail * Big themes, high emotion and cliffhangers aplenty... an enormously affecting investigation of love, guilt and global responsibility, told with a bittersweet urgency. * Justine Jordan, Guardian * Exquisitely balanced between terrible sadness and brilliant humour. * Observer * A powerful piece of art... shocking, exciting and deeply affecting...[a] superb novel... Besides sharp, witty dialogue, an emotionally charged plot and the vivid characters' ethical struggles, THE OTHER HAND delivers a timely challenge to reinvigorate our notions of civilized decency. * Independent * So far it's the best book of 2009, no question. * Metro (US) * Will blow you away... the best kind of political novel: You're almost entirely unaware of its politics because the book doesn't deal in abstractions but in human beings. * Washington Post * A better book than Chris Cleave's THE OTHER HAND may be published this year, but I wouldn't bet on it. This exquisitely written story of a Nigerian refugee and a British glossy magazine editor is the most powerful novel I've read in a long time. . . it's also a very funny book about brave, funny people who the reader quickly grows to love. . . But the heart of the book is Little Bee; naive yet insightful and sophisticated, damaged yet capable of great courage and humour, she is an unforgettable character. I finished THE OTHER HAND in tears, and I still can't get it out of my head. Just read it. * The Gloss * Artfully plotted... [a] strong yarn. * Sunday Telegraph * 'Immensely readable and moving . . . an affecting story of human triumph' * New York Times * I felt the same excitement discovering this as I did Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Paul Torday's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. There is an urgency here, an inability to put it down and a deep sense of loss once finished. It is a very special book indeed. Profound, deeply moving and yet light in touch, it explores the nature of loss, hope, love and identity with atrocity its backdrop. Read it and think deeply. * Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller * In a novel that tackles serious and uncomfortable subject matter, Cleave's writing makes one laugh and despair in equal measure. (4 stars) * Time Out * Warm, witty and beautifully written. * Sunday Tribune * The next Kite Runner. * Library Journal * By turns funny, sad and shocking * Sainsburys Magazine * It would be hard not to romp through it. * Financial Times * You stay in thrall to the bittersweet end. * Scotland on Sunday * An exhilarating, disturbing read. * James Urquhart, Independent (Books of the Year) * impresses as a feat of literary engineering... the plot exerts a fearsome grip. * Daily Telegraph * totally believable... the author has a knack of explaining human suffering... I look forward to his next offering. * Daily Express * An ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia...Cleave immerses the reader in the worlds of his characters with an unshakable confidence. * Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian * Searingly eloquent. * Daily Mail * Big themes, high emotion and cliffhangers aplenty... an enormously affecting investigation of love, guilt and global responsibility, told with a bittersweet urgency. * Justine Jordan, Guardian * Exquisitely balanced between terrible sadness and brilliant humour. * Observer * A powerful piece of art... shocking, exciting and deeply affecting...[a] superb novel... Besides sharp, witty dialogue, an emotionally charged plot and the vivid characters' ethical struggles, THE OTHER HAND delivers a timely challenge to reinvigorate our notions of civilized decency. * Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444736243
Publication date: 30th June 2011
Author: Chris Cleave
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 576 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave's debut novel INCENDIARY was a prize-winner and international bestseller and his second novel, THE OTHER HAND has found phenomenal success both in the UK and abroad, hitting number one on the New York Times bestseller list. He is married with three children, and lives in Kingston-upon-Thames. He keeps a website at www.chriscleave.com and can be found on twitter.com/chriscleave.

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