There are not many books that haunt you to the extent where you struggle to sleep and, at rare quiet times in the day, you experience flashbacks at a particularly harrowing part of the book’s plot.
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave haunts you in this way. I am less eloquent than book critics, so here’s what they have to say…..
I felt the same excitement discovering this as I did Marina Lewycka’s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Paul Torday’s Salmon Fishin in The Yemen. There is an urgency here, an inability to put it down and a deep sense of loss once finished. It is a very special book indeed. Profound, deeply moving and yet light in touch, it explores the nature of loss, hope, love and identity with atrocity its backdrop. Read it and think deeply. Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller.
A better book than Chris Cleave’s The Other Hand may be published this year, but I wouldn’t bet on it…….exquisitely written…..the most powerful novel I’ve read in a long time….I finished The Other Hand in tears, and I still can’t get it out of my head. Just read it. The Gloss, Ireland.
The book hinges on the plight of a vulnerable child in a war torn country – children UNICEF work hard to protect.
This blog is for UNICEF.
Thanks for reading.