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When a massive suicide bomb explodes at a London soccer match a woman loses both her four-year-old son and her husband. But the bombing is only the beginning. In a voice alive with grief, compassion, and startling humor, Incendiary is a stunning debut of one ordinary life blown apart by terror.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2006
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9781400096688
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 21 cm
Call Number: CLEAVE, C


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ChristchurchLib Jul 20, 2014

"On July 7th, 2005, terrorists detonated four bombs during London's rush hour; that same day, this debut novel -- about a deadly bombing in London -- was published in the U.K. It takes the form of a letter to Osama bin Laden, written by a working-class woman who lost her husband and children in the attack. Her voice -- a stream-of-consciousness style with little regard for punctuation, heavy on East End slang -- and graphic depictions of violence make for a compelling if not easy read. Though there's humour, the letter-writer's grief, and the other emotions that overwhelm her, are the focal point of a novel that takes a stunning tragedy and makes it personal." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter

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Jul 21, 2012

Incendiary is an ultra-satisfying book which you'll sink into...unable to surface until the very end. The horrifying event which transforms the protagonist's life - the loss of her husband and child in a terrorist attack on a London soccer stadium - is all too believable and is written with harrowing detail. I empathized with the narrator - she is an imperfect woman who must try to regain a sense of normalcy in a world that no longer makes any sense. In this out-of-control world, her illogical decision to write a letter to Osama bin Laden does indeed seem oddly reasonable. Her account has a dark, comic edge - at times I laughed out loud and at others I felt such despair. I read this book in one sitting - I absolutely could not put it down. I highly recommend Incendiary. Bravo Chris Cleave - what an outstanding first novel!


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