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Good as Gold: Chris Cleave is back in the saddle


Chris Cleave (remember Little Bee, which sold and sold and sold?) has a new book called Gold. The Telegraph carries an interview with him.

The novel concerns cycling with much of the action set in the Manchester Velodrome.

“This is where they would have trained,” he says, referring to the characters at the heart of his book. “One of the things I wanted to look at was how far people are prepared to go to win. It is not just about the hours they put in on the track and the decisions they make on it while their hearts are beating at 200bpm. It is the sacrifices they make, and the risks they take off it, at home, with the rest of their lives.”

There is a rivalry between two cyclists, Kate and Zoe, but Cleave also outlines their relationships away from the racetrack. A sporting novel just in time for the Olympics.

Look out for the signed limited editions of Gold (pictured) complete with a slipcase.

Little Bee was shortlisted for 2008 Costa novel award, the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin award.

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