Chris Cleave's most recent novel is Gold, set in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics. His debut novel Incendiary was an international bestseller published in 20 countries. 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 2005, won the Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007, and was released as a major motion picture in 2008. His second novel, The Other Hand, was inspired by his early childhood in West Africa, and was a New York Times #1 best-seller. He is married with two children, and lives in London.