Whats it all about?:
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.
What did I think?:
First of all, I think this novel would have been perfect to come out around the time of the London 2012 Olympics (was that so long ago already?!). The story of determined and competitive cyclists Kate and Zoe would have been a great tonic to accompany all the hype over team GB. Not that it wasn’t a good story… I enjoyed it and found it easy to sink my teeth into, its just not literary brilliance. And that’s okay! I liked that the author gave us a multitude of characters to feast on – the “perfect” couple Kate and Jack and their little Jedi obsessive Sophie, the intriguing, damaged and fiesty Zoe, and the loveable coach Tom. And yes, its slightly predictable but its a quick and easy read that I think people will enjoy on the whole. Personally, I enjoyed The Other Hand/Little Bee by this author a lot more.
Would I recommend it?:
Star rating (out of 5):