Author Profile

Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave has been a barman, a long-distance sailor and teacher of marine navigation, an internet pioneer, and a journalist. He is the author of five novels.

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 (Little Bee for Canadian and American readers, and The Other Hand for UK readers) is a New York Times #1 bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller (UK), and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Awards. Gold, his third novel, explores the struggles and sacrifices of two cyclists in competition for Olympic gold. Chris lives in London with his wife and three children.

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Reviews of Little Bee

One of the most vividly memorable and provocative characters in recent contemporary fiction... Cleave paces the story beautifully, lacing it with wit, compassion, and, even at the darkest moments, a searing ray of hope.
-- Boston Globe

Little Bee will blow you away... In restrained, diamond-hard prose, Cleave alternates between these two characters' points of view as he pulls the threads of their dark--but often funny--story tight. What unfolds between them... is both surprising and inevitable, thoroughly satisfying if also heart-rending.
-- The Washington Post,

... [an] immensely readable and moving second novel... Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice... The character and voice of Little Bee reveal Cleave at his finest... An affecting story of human triumph.
-- The New York Times Book Review

Videos featuring Chris Cleave

LITTLE BEE author Chris Cleave reveals his novel GOLD

Meet Novelist Chris Cleave