The Other Hand, Paperback book

The Other Hand[Paperback]

by Chris Cleave

3.88 out of 5 (255 ratings)

Hodder & Stoughton General Division 
Publication Date:
05 February 2009 
Modern & Contemporary 


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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  • "Most days I wish I was a British pound coin..." From the first words of Little Bee to the last the book is utterly enchanting. Excrutiatingly painful at times but sitll one you won't be able to put down and that will stay in your heart forever. This is one book that shouldn't be missed.

    5.00 out of 5


  • What a great book. I bought this one on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. An interesting and different topic and an amazing set of voices. You could really see all of the parallels within the story. I would definitely recommend this book!

    5.00 out of 5


  • This was a book club pick that I enjoyed very much. Another book that helps you focus on what is really important in life and has you question yourself as to where your priorities lie. I would have liked a different ending. Not necessarily all tidy but I would have liked more closure for Little Bee.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I knew so little about the happenings in Nigeria by those who wanted the oil from that country: Genocide, displacement, abuse of women. This book has so much to focus on but the writing and dialogue moves the story along at a good pace. The stories are told from the perspective of two females, a 16 year old Nigerian girl and a 30 some Londoner magazine editor who gave up her dream of writing to make a difference to doing whatever it takes for the magazine to sell. Their story starts on a beach in Nigeria where Sarah, in an impetuous moment cuts off her finger to save the life of Little Bee. Two years after that incident they come together again in London and the story takes an unexpected turn. I have not read the other reviews for this book and I don't want to give away the story because the events and how they unfold really make the story. You will laugh and cry at Little Bee' s observations. You will fall in love with Sarah's son Charlie who refuses to wear anything but his Batman costume and wants only to rid the world of "baddies". The story has compassion, wit, mystery but also hope. The book jacket says that it is a special story, and it is.

    5.00 out of 5


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