A short look at ‘The Other Hand’





4/5 – This is the one of the lesser known books by Chris Cleave, topped by his earlier novel ‘Incendiary’. The writing style is very readable and you can easily churn through the 400 or so pages. It is of the story of “little Bee” and about the problems that an asylum seeker has when arriving in Britain. It also addresses the invasiveness of creating a paradise for rich Westerners in poorer countries.

One of the reasons I am a fan of Chris Cleave is because I sent him an email asking for advice with my writing and he emailed back, which was very nice of him (If you don’t ask you don’t get)!

Quick Overview

An insight into the difficulties faced by asylum seekers in this country (apparently a place where Cleave worked as a university student). A magazine editor who shares the narrative with a Nigerian girl, share a trauma and are reunited with mixed emotions. The story deals with their adjustment.

Quick Analysis

Great marketing on the publication that I bought, as it teased that it wasn’t going to tell me anything about it, I would have to read it to find out. And I deliberately feel for it, something I am very glad I did! Worth a look at, although it isn’t too deep a storyline and on the border between light and heavy reading.



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