Chris Cleave

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Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave.jpg
Born1973 (age 48–49)
London, England
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
SubjectLiterary fiction
Notable worksIncendiary
The Other Hand

Chris Cleave (born 1973) is a British writer and journalist.


Cleave was born in London on May 14,[1] 1973, brought up in Cameroon and Buckinghamshire, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford where he studied psychology. He lives in the United Kingdom with his French wife and three children.


Cleave's debut novel Incendiary was published in twenty countries and has been adapted into a feature film starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. The novel won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. The audio book version was read by Australian actor, Susan Lyons

His second novel, The Other Hand, was released in August 2008 and was described as "A powerful piece of art... shocking, exciting and deeply affecting... superb"[2] by The Independent. It has been shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Book Awards in the Novel category.[3] Cleave was inspired to write The Other Hand from his childhood in West Africa. It was released in the US and Canada in January 2009 under the title Little Bee.

Gold, his third novel, was called "bold and brave" by The Observer.[4]

Cleave is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London. From 2008 until 2010 he wrote a column for The Guardian entitled "Down with the kids".[5]


  • Incendiary (2005)
  • The Other Hand (UK title, Sceptre, August 2008), published as Little Bee in the United States and Canada.[6]
  • Gold (June 2012)
  • Everyone Brave Is Forgiven (April 2016)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Quiet Time" [7]
  • "Fresh Water" [8]
  • "Oyster" [9]


  1. ^ "Olympic Rings and Other Things: Conversation with Chris Cleave RE: "Gold"". 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ Urquhart, James (22 August 2008). "Strangers and Sisters as Nigeria Meets Surrey". The Independent. London. Retrieved 6 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Costa Book Awards Shortlist 2008". Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2008.
  4. ^ Preston, Alex (2 June 2012). "Gold by Chris Cleave – review". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Chris Cleave Columns at The Guardian Newspaper". London. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Borders Books: Corporate Media Heroin in Las Vegas, Part Two, PopMatters".
  7. ^ (Big Issue Australia, 2006)
  8. ^ Sea Stories (anthology) (National Maritime Museum, 2007)
  9. ^ 3:AM London, New York, Paris (anthology) (Social Disease, 2008)

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