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The Other Hand

On sale

12th January 2017

Price: £9.99

Costa Prize: Novel, 2008

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780340963425

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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.

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<i>Sunday Tribune</i>
Warm, witty and beautifully written.
<i>Time Out</i>
In a novel that tackles serious and uncomfortable subject matter, Cleave's writing makes one laugh and despair in equal measure. (4 stars)
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.
Exquisitely balanced between terrible sadness and brilliant humour.
Justine Jordan, <i>Guardian</i>
Big themes, high emotion and cliffhangers aplenty... an enormously affecting investigation of love, guilt and global responsibility, told with a bittersweet urgency.
<i>Daily Mail</i>
Searingly eloquent.
Lawrence Norfolk, <i>Guardian</i>
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.
<i>Daily Express</i>
totally believable... the author has a knack of explaining human suffering... I look forward to his next offering.
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>
impresses as a feat of literary engineering... the plot exerts a fearsome grip.
James Urquhart, <i>Independent</i> (Books of the Year)
An exhilarating, disturbing read.
<i>Scotland on Sunday </i>
You stay in thrall to the bittersweet end.
<i>Financial Times</i>
It would be hard not to romp through it.
<i>Sainsburys Magazine</i>
By turns funny, sad and shocking
<i>Library Journal</i>
The next Kite Runner.
Sarah Broadhurst, <i>Bookseller</i>
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.
<i>New York Times</i>
'Immensely readable and moving . . . an affecting story of human triumph'
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
Artfully plotted... [a] strong yarn.
<i>The Gloss</i>
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; naïve 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.
<i>Washington Post</i>
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.
<i>Metro</i> (US)
So far it's the best book of 2009, no question.