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Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave. By: Sarah & Tatianna.

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Chris Cleave

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  1. Chris Cleave By: Sarah & Tatianna

  2. Chris Cleave, 36, is the author of two well known novels titled Incendiary and Little Bee. (The Other Hand). His works have been published in twenty countries including the United States and Canada. Cleave is also known as a columnist for The Guardian, a newspaper in London. He lives in London with his wife and three children. Chris states he likes to ride bicycles and spend time with his kids.

  3. Why Cleave Writes… When asked why Chris has decided to write he quotes D.H. Lawrence- “Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is no new road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”

  4. Cleave’s Favorite Authors Cormac McCarthy Don DeLillo Howard Jacobson David Mitchell EvieWyld Philipp Meyer Rachel Seiffert Michel Houellebecq Virginia Woolf Charles Dickens John Steinbeck Emile Zola

  5. Awards • Little Bee (The Other Hand) • New York Times #1 bestseller • Sunday Times bestseller • A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choic • Santa Monica Citywide Reads selection 2010 • NPR “On Point”- Best Books of the Year • O Magazine “10 Terrific Reads of 2009 • Hudson Books- Top ten Books of the Year • Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards • Incendiary • 2006 Somerset Maugham Award • Shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Price • United States Book-of-the Month Club’s First Fiction award 2005 • Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007

  6. Motion Pictures Incendiary was made into a feature film starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams. Little Bee is in development to become a feature film.

  7. Praise • Incendiary • “Chris Cleave’s Incendiary is both funny and moving and, all in all, an extraordinary accomplishment . . . replete with dark comedy.”- The Boston Globe • “An audacious, provocative voice… [Cleave] has a clear and disturbing vision of the psychological effects of an attack on a city population.”- New York Times Book Review • Little Bee • “…[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 • “Cleave has a Zola-esque ability to write big, and deeply . . . . Cleave makes the reader think about political issues and care about his characters.”—USA Today

  8. Works Cited • Cleave, Chris. Little Bee . New York : Simon Schuster, 2009. Print. • "Chris Cleave / Little Bee / The Other Hand / Incendiary." Chris Cleave/Little Bee / The Other Hand / Incendiary. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2011. <http://www.chriscleave.com>.

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