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The Divide Hardcover – 17 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st edition (17 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593045262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593045268
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,076,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Evans is one of Britain's best-loved authors. His previous four novels, The Horse Whisperer, The Loop, The Smoke Jumper and The Divide, have been acclaimed international bestsellers, translated into 36 languages. The Horse Whisperer alone has sold 14 million copies worldwide, and was made into a celebrated movie directed by Robert Redford.

Nicholas Evans studied at Oxford University and worked as a newspaper reporter and television screenwriter before turning to fiction. He is married to singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

To find out more about Nicholas Evans visit www.nicholasevans.com

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A journey of discovery and redemption (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

The story of normal people thrust into an abnormal situation by perverse circumstance. THE DIVIDE is a book that genuinely merits the term 'page-turner (From its thrilling opening to its bittersweet conclusion')

DAILY MAIL ('A convincing and moving novel interlaced with wonderful descriptions of the Montana countryside')

SUNDAY TIMES ('THE DIVIDE is genuinely affecting') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The brilliant novel from the bestselling author of The Horse Whisperer, reissued with a stunning new cover. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By James Maughan on 16 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Divide is aptly titled,representing several different aspects of this story. Perhaps most importantly it signifies the divisions in a family. both a thriller and a tender exploration of love and family.It delves into the impossible places, where remaining true to yourself can be at odds with all other obligations. This is a bitingly contemporary tale, full of laughter and beauty, lightness and sorrow. The characters of the Divide slowly creep up on you. They endear you, engage you, surprise you, make you giggle. Put down this book and you feel enhanced by them -they've become your friends
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
The opening chapters of The Divide had me thinking that this was going to be a crime story. Two skiers discover the body of a young woman encased in ice, and alert the police. The girl turns out to be Abbie Cooper, wanted by police all over America for murder and acts of terrorism.

I quickly realised that there was much more to The Divide. Most of the story is told in flashback, relating the history of the events that led up to Abbie's death. Strong focus is placed upon her parents, Ben and Sarah, whose relationship has now broken down. Ben has a new partner and has become estranged from most of his family, despite his obvious love for his children.

Nicholas Evans is a fine writer. His characters are well-developed and real. His descriptions of scenery and landscapes are rich and vivid in detail, with lovely use of language. And above all, he is a good storyteller. Although we know what is going to happen to Abbie, we find ourselves feeling sympathy for her as she is drawn into situations she never intended to be in, led astray by an older man. One realises just how easily this can happen to any young person with passionate feelings for a cause.

It could be said that some of the loose ends are tied up rather too neatly. On the other hand, this does give the story a sense of completeness which could be lacking if we did not know what would happen to the main characters. Overall, The Divide is a thoroughly enjoyable story and is to be recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
The opening chapters of The Divide had me thinking that this was going to be a crime story. Two skiers discover the body of a young woman encased in ice, and alert the police. The girl turns out to be Abbie Cooper, wanted by police all over America for murder and acts of terrorism.

I quickly realised that there was much more to The Divide. Most of the story is told in flashback, relating the history of the events that led up to Abbie's death. Strong focus is placed upon her parents, Ben and Sarah, whose relationship has now broken down. Ben has a new partner and has become estranged from most of his family, despite his obvious love for his children.

Nicholas Evans is a fine writer. His characters are well-developed and real. His descriptions of scenery and landscapes are rich and vivid in detail, with lovely use of language. And above all, he is a good storyteller. Although we know what is going to happen to Abbie, we find ourselves feeling sympathy for her as she is drawn into situations she never intended to be in, led astray by an older man. One realises just how easily this can happen to any young person with passionate feelings for a cause.

It could be said that some of the loose ends are tied up rather too neatly. On the other hand, this does give the story a sense of completeness which could be lacking if we did not know what would happen to the main characters. Overall, The Divide is a thoroughly enjoyable story and is to be recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Another masterpiece from Evans and so beautifully written. His use of language and description transports the reader into the book itself. Absolutely gripping. Most definitely worth reading and cetainly on par with his previous novels, The Horse whisperer, The Loop and The Smoke Jumper. If you havent read one of Evans books, then get reading. My best friend introduced me to 'The Loop'and have never been disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on 26 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
The Divide begins with the discovery of the body of a young woman buried in the ice on a remote mountain creek. The body is identified as Abbie Cooper, a young girl on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism.
After the discovery by a man and his son out skiing in the area, the devastation for Abbie's family deepens into mystery. How did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this much loved girl so tragically astray?

Abbie's story and that of her family, her brother Josh and estranged parents Sarah and Ben is revealed through flashbacks after the discovery of Abbie's body. Through these flashbacks we discover the events leading to her tragic death and how a loving and intelligent girl was led astray from her family.
It is a journey of discovery and redemption and ultimately the story of a family fractured by betrayal.

I thought at first that this was going to be the story of a father and son lost out on remote mountains after a skiing accident, despite the cover telling me different. And to be honest, the opening pages were quite exciting and I wouldn't have minded if it had been a tale of survival, as I found after the initial excitement, the story then went on a huge flashback featuring Abbie's life, but concentrating more on the relationship between her parents, Sarah and Ben. After this initial drama and excitement, I did feel a little disappointed as the pace slowed right down and the story shifted, but still found the writing engaging enough to keep me reading.

The Cooper family at first appear to be a close and loving New York family who enjoyed their yearly holidays in Montana at a place called 'The Divide.
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