Go for gold

Chris Cleave will be talking about his new book Gold at Chesterfield Library.
Chris Cleave will be talking about his new book Gold at Chesterfield Library.

AN award-winning novelist whose latest book focuses on the trials and tribulations of athletes going for gold at the Olympics is appearing at Chesterfield Library.

Chris Cleave will be talking about his new work when he visits Derbyshire County Council’s library on New Beetwell Street on Friday, June 8 at 7.30pm - a day after the UK launch of his latest novel.

His new work, Gold, is set in the world of professional cycling and in it, Cleave explores the extremes of human capacity - from the peak of athletic condition to the nadir of ill health - and how much it can mean to win, and to lose, the race of your life.

His talk is the first in a series of UK and USA dates promoting the book. It ties in with a competition organised by the authority in the run up to the Olympics to win 10 Olympic-related books, including Cleave’s.

Cleave’s first work Incendiary won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and attracted international attention for its plot which was eerily similar to London’s July 7 bombings which were carried out on the same day the novel was published. It has since been adapted into a feature film starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor.

His second book, The Other Hand, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and was inspired by his childhood in West Africa.He also wrote a regular column for The Guardian called Down with the Kids.

Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Cllr Andrew Lewer said he was pleased the authority had attracted such a high calibre author.

“Chris Cleave is a talented novelist who is gaining a reputation as one our best new writers.

“I am delighted he has chosen to appear at Chesterfield - our flagship library - the day after his new book is launched.

“Gold has an intriguing plot and I hope local people will be as excited as I am to see its writer appearing in Derbyshire,” added Cllr Lewer.

Tickets for An Evening with Chris Cleave are £3 or £2 concessions and are available from Chesterfield Library or by calling the library help desk on 01629 533400. The event will include a talk by the author, question and answer session, book sales and signing.