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I've just finished Chris Cleave's second novel The Other Hand and it is, without any doubt, the best thing I've read all year. It's told by a young Nigerian refugee and a female British journalist who first met each other on an African beach and meet again in Britain several years later. It is very funny, it is very shocking, it is exquisitely written, it is enormously powerful and by the time I finished it I was crying - and I mean properly crying, not just getting a bit red and tearful about the eyes. I was actually sobbing. I know that doesn't sound like much of a recommendation but it should show how overwhelming and beautiful this book is. It's not out until the beginning of August but if you see it, read it.

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daegaer
Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
I'll look out for it!

(Also, I've finished the "Mortal Engines" quartet, reading the final two in a big, fast gulp. I think I started crying somewhere in the last fifty pages, right to the end - and when I woke up the next morning and thought about the books I started again! Brilliant, brilliant books).
stellanova
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Oh, aren't they? Pretty much every book made me a bit tearful, but the last one - Jesus. I was the same afterwards - I'd feel the tears welling up just thinking of Tom and Hester and what Hester says....and Shrike...sniff.

Wow, I'm really coming across as a scary crybaby at the moment! I do manage to read plenty of things without bursting into tears, too.
leedy
Jul. 2nd, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Can I borrow the last two from you? I've only read the first two, and they're super.
daegaer
Jul. 2nd, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
Shrike! Waah! And the line about a little dust remaining in the oak tree's roots! I'm getting all teary-eyed right now.
stellanova
Jul. 2nd, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
So am I! I will have to go and read PG Wodehouse or something to get me in a less lachrymose mood.
leedy
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
I will look out for it too, it sounds great.
anglaisepaon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
That sounds great, I'll have to look out for it.
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