The extraordinary third novel from Chris Cleave, author of the internationally bestselling, Costa-shortlisted THE OTHER HAND. Kate and Zoe are friends but also ardent rivals - athletes at the top of their game, fighting to compete in the world's greatest sporting contest. Each scarred by tragedy, and each with a great deal to lose, they must choose between family and glory and ask themselves: what will I sacrifice? GOLD captures the extraordinary effort and dedication that go into the pursuit of victory. But this life-affirming novel is about more than sport. It is about human endurance, motherhood and love, and what enables us all, in our different ways, to achieve the remarkable. It is a story told as only Chris Cleave could tell it. And once you begin, it will be a heart-pounding race to the finish.
Kate and Zoe are friends. They are also rivals. Both are world-class racing cyclists, who have devoted years of training and dedication to their sport. Both are potentially gold medal winners. But only one of them falls pregnant. Gold is a fascinating examination of how real life intersects with a champion's life; especially a woman champion's life. Kate has been preparing for Olympic glory for eighteen years. Since she was six, she dreamed of winning gold. Her training partner is Zoe, and as the pair of them approach the Athens Olympics of 2008, it is Kate who has the edge. She has beaten her friend in almost every major competition. And then Sophie arrives. Sophie, the result of Kate's slowly developing pregnancy that will rule her out of the biggest game of them all. Sophie, whose father is one of the fastest five male cyclists in the world. Sophie, who by the time the London Olympics are approaching, has been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of leukaemia. This is the backdrop against which Chris Cleave's muscular, dynamic tale unfolds. It is about passion and obsession and jealousy and commitment and shines a revealing light into the usually enclosed, shrouded world of the Olympians. The pace of the book is fast and furious, and emotions and adrenalin levels run high throughout. We guarantee that when you reach the final page, you'll cross the finishing line thoroughly out of breath.
Chris Cleave's debut novel INCENDIARY was a prize-winner and international bestseller and his second novel, THE OTHER HAND has found phenomenal success both in the UK and abroad, hitting number one on the New York Times bestseller list. He is married with three children, and lives in Surrey. He keeps a website at www.chriscleave.com and can be found on twitter.com/chriscleave.