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Best Cover

Late night, right before bed, blogging for this one.  Winding down but not ready to lie down yet… hot and don’t think I’ll sleep.

I don’t choose books solely based on their covers so I thought this was a bit silly.  Covers catch my eye in the shop sometimes but it’s the blurb and sometimes flicking through a few pages that make me actually buy the book.

Cover of The Other Hand by Chris Cleave. A child, on a beach in silouette at sunset.  The child and the sunset are reflecting in the sea.
Cover of The Other Hand by Chris Cleave. A child, on a beach in silouette at sunset. The child and the sunset are reflecting in the sea.

So the book I think I’ll say has the best cover is The Other Hand by Chris Cleave (which was published in some countries outside the UK under the alternative title Little Bee).

This cover really caught my eye.  It’s bright and summery and intriguing and it’s a beach which almost always makes for a great read.  And it’s a sunset.  I love pictures of sunsets.

But it was the blurb on the back that really, really intrigued me all those years ago.

It read:

We don’t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:

It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn’t. And it’s what happens afterwards that is most important.

Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.

I won’t tell you too much about this book in the spirit of that.  It was a good book and I really enjoyed it.  Both my mum and my sister enjoyed it too.

I was disappointed when I realised the book Little Bee by this author was the same book by a different name.

I was really pleased when Chris Cleave’s first book, Incendiary, was republished shortly after I read this because I also really enjoyed that..  Incendiary is about the aftermath of a hypothetical bombing attack on London.  And was published the day of the 7/7 bombings so had to be immediately withdrawn from sale.  Pretty unfortunate but a good choice to rerelease it.  Chris Cleave wrote a blog entry about that here and it’s pretty interesting

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