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By fluke and unhappy accident, the British edition of the book was published on Thursday, July 7, the day of the bombings on the London Underground and a bus. Thus "Incendiary" achieved instant notoriety in England: Cleave was interviewed on the radio; his thoughts on the terror attacks were printed in newspapers; the book itself made headlines. But uncanny timing, of course, is no guarantee of a decent novel -- coincidence proves nothing but itself. Cleave's narrator is a working-class East End woman grieving over the deaths of her husband and young son in a terrorist attack at a soccer match, and the book takes the form of rambling letters to Osama bin Laden.

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Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. A distraught woman writes a letter to Osama bin Laden after her four-year-old son and her husband are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack at a soccer match in London in this stunning first novel. A distraught woman writes a letter to Osama bin Laden after her four-year-old son and her husband are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack at a soccer match in London. But the bombing is only the beginning. While security measures transform London into a virtual occupied territory, the narrator, too, finds herself under siege.

At first she gains strength by fighting back, taking a civilian job with the police to aid the antiterrorist effort. But when she becomes involved with an upper-class couple, she is drawn into a psychological maelstrom of guilt, ambition, and cynicism that erodes her faith in the society she's working to defend. A surreal vision made brilliantly, viscerally powerful and undeniable, Incendiary is a stunning debut novel.

BookBrowse Note : Cleave's novel was published in England on July 7th - the same day that four bombs exploded in London. The UK publisher immediately quieted its publicity machine and took down ads in the London Underground and Cleave posted a note to fans wondering whether he should continue promoting it. The reaction from the USA publisher was quite different, with Knopf ramping up their publicity machine and the initial print run, and offering Cleave as a different kind of commentator on the tragedy saying, "We hear so much from talking heads and security experts, but what Chris brings to life is the real human experience of losing a loved one to an act of violence".

The post publication reviews in the UK, which are summarized below all but PW, Kirkus and Library Journal , are split passionately between people believing it to be a gritty portrayal of modern life and others believing it to be sensationalism. Even the 'timeliness' of the book is coming under criticism, with some pointing out that far from being prescient, the novel is arguably already out-of-date because Cleave portrays a London teetering on the edge of collapse following the bombing - which is patently not what has happened!

As always, you can browse an excerpt and decide for yourself. Also, click the 'Author Interview' link, above or below, to read Cleave's response. Dear Osama they want you dead or alive so the terror will stop.

Well I wouldn't know about that I mean rock 'n' roll didn't stop when Elvis died on the khazi it just got worse. I'll come to them later. My point is it's easier to start these things than to finish them. I suppose you thought of that did you? There's a reward of 25 million dollars on your head but don't lose sleep on my account Osama. I have no information leading to your arrest or capture. I have no information full effing stop. I'm what you'd call an infidel and my husband called working-class.

There is a difference you know. But just supposing I did clap eyes on you. Supposing I saw you driving a Nissan Primera down towards Haggerston and grassed you to the old bill. Cleave's first novel caused considerable controversy when it published in the UK on July 7th - the same day that four suicide bombers killed 52 people and injured hundreds of others in four separate attacks, three on the London Underground and one on a London bus.

Presciently, the campaign for Incendiary included glossy posters on the London Underground showing smoke rising about the skyline and the question, "What if? Full Review words. This review is available to non-members for a limited time. For full access, become a member today.

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Incendiary by Chris Cleave. Debut Author. About this Book Summary Excerpt. Book Summary A distraught woman writes a letter to Osama bin Laden after her four-year-old son and her husband are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack at a soccer match in London in this stunning first novel.

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Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. A distraught woman writes a letter to Osama bin Laden after her four-year-old son and her husband are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack at a soccer match in London in this stunning first novel. A distraught woman writes a letter to Osama bin Laden after her four-year-old son and her husband are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack at a soccer match in London. But the bombing is only the beginning. While security measures transform London into a virtual occupied territory, the narrator, too, finds herself under siege.

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Living hand to mouth in London's East End, the unnamed mother's life is shattered when her policeman husband part of a bomb disposal unit and four-year-old son are killed in the stadium stands. Complicating matters: our narrator witnesses the event on TV, while in the throes of passion with her lover, journalist Jasper Black. The full story of that day comes out piecemeal, among rants and ruminations, complete with the widow's shell-shocked sifting of the stadium's human carnage. London goes on high terror alert; the narrator downs Valium and gin and clutches her son's stuffed rabbit. After a suicide attempt, she finds solace with married police superintendent Terrence Butcher and in volunteer work.

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Added by 3 of our members. Incendiary A novel by Chris Cleave. A massive terrorist attack on Arsenal's new stadium - a woman grieving for her husband and son - a first novel to set the literary world alight Angry, funny, controversial and unpredictable, Incendiary will be one of the most talked-about books of Not since Alex Garland's The Beach has a debut novel used such compulsive storytelling to convey a distopian vision of moral degradation. From her first sentence, Cleave's narrator seduces the reader with her biting, deadpan wit, her no-nonsense attitude and her love for her son. Over the next pages we must watch her suffer.

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