A NOVEL by Alan Ayckbourn
CATEGORY A dystopian fable
PUBLICATION DATE September 2019
COVER ART Pedro Marques
About the Book
Not so long ago, let it not be forgotten, as decreed by The Preacher, Men and Women lived apart on separate sides of the Divide in segregated isolation.
About the author
The celebrated novelist Soween Clay-Flin recalls this period in recent history based on documents of the period, including her own personal diary as a young girl who lived through it and survived to tell the tale. In the aftermath of a deadly contagion which has decimated the population, contact between men and women has become fatal. Under the dictates of an unseen authoritarian leader known as The Preacher, an unthinkable solution has been enforced. Soween and her older brother Elihu grow up learning the ways of their tightly controlled society Then to Soweens alarm, Elihu, as he reaches pubescence, risks not only fatal disease but also threatens to ignite a bloody revolution.
The Divide is a fable for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection.
Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier, Tony and Molière Award winning playwright. He lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and has written more than 80 plays, many of which have been produced in London, in New York and throughout the world.
As an acclaimed director, he has worked extensively in the West End and at the National Theatre. He was Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 1972 to 2009, where the majority of his work is premiered.
Previously, he has written a best-selling guide to writing and directing, The Crafty Art of Playmaking. The Divide is his first work of fiction. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.