Gold by Chris Cleave

Gold

byChris Cleave

Kobo ebook | June 5, 2012

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The spectacular new novel by the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the reader and bookseller favourite, Little Bee.
 
In the tradition of his beloved previous novel, Little Bee, Chris Cleave again gives us an elegant, funny, passionate story about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. This time, the setting is the upcoming London Olympics. Gold is the story of two women, Zoe and Kate, world-class cyclists who have been friends and rivals since their first day of elite training years ago. They have loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, lost, consoled, triumphed, and grown up together. Now, on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, the two must compete for the one remaining spot on their team. In doing so, the women will be tested to their physical, mental and emotional limits. They will confront each other and their own mortality, and be asked to decide: What will you sacrifice for the people you love?
Chris Cleave is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London. His first novel, Incendiary, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction Award, and won the Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007. His seco...
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Title:GoldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385677162

ISBN - 13:9780385677165

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pure Gold I was already a huge fan of Chris Cleave but with Gold he has convinced me that he can write anything. This emotionally compelling novel set during the upcoming London olympics is at heart a story of friendships. What makes them work and what tears them apart, but essentially it is about what makes them last in spite of the people involved.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointed I didn't fully engage with the characters in Gold, unlike the people who made Little Bee and Incendiary so compelling. By the end of the book, there seemed to be little change or growth in any of them, and so I wasn't convinced or drawn into their story as much. Though well written as usual, the book didn't live up to the (perhaps too strong) anticipation I looked forward to when I bought it.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Have your tissues ready! Have your tissues ready before you read Chris Cleave's new novel, Gold. At first glance it just seems like a story about two women who are best friends and long time rivals in the world of British cycling, but add a child with cancer and a few deep dark secrets and you'll be racing through this book through a patina of tears and gasps. Okay, that sounded lame. I realize it seems like I'm overstating this, but I really was crying through the last quarter of this book. I also found myself pushing to read faster so I could find out what happens (Ah, just like a bicycle race! Clever, Mr. Cleave!). Chris Cleave's previous novel, Little Bee, was a huge critical success but I was ambivalent about it. I thought it seemed a little inauthentic, like Chris Cleave doesn't really know what it's like to be an African refugee woman (but, then, it's not like I do either). With Gold, however, I believed that the author not only knew what it was like to train as an Olympic athlete, he also knew what it was like to have a child with cancer, and to be a child with cancer for that matter. In his author's note he mentions a lot of research prior to writing this novel, and it shows. The novel felt real enough that I had to go check on my own daughter several times as she slept just to reassure myself that she was not suffering like the characters in this story. For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal. Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Date published: 2012-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gold is pure gold! I spent last Sunday reading an advance reading copy of this book and could not put it down. The story and characters had me spellbound and I was surprised to find myself in tears at the end.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gold Got an advanced copy of the book and let me say it was awesome! Not as good as Little Bee but it is hard to compare them because they are also completely different topics. The characters are very well written and developed and very different, which I liked. I also enjoyed the fact that the book was about hardcore athletes which I haven't seen/read very much of. The book had great twists and turns and kept me entertained the whole way through.
Date published: 2012-03-28