Chris Cleave was born in London in 1973. He is a novelist and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London, where he lives with his wife and three children.
His debut novel Incendiary won a 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 and won the Prix Spécial du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007.
His second novel is titled Little Bee in the US and Canada, The Other Hand elsewhere. It was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.
Chris Cleave has been a barman, a long-distance sailor and teacher of marine navigation, an internet pioneer, and a journalist.