The Dividing Stream

Francis King

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1952 Winner

Somerset Maugham Award

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05 December 2013
344 pages

From the Man Booker long-listed author of The Nick of Time, An Act of Darkness and A Domestic Animal comes a gripping novel of passion and betrayal.

In Florence, Max Westfield is on a business trip. His wife and children have accompanied him. But instead of the holiday Max had intended, living together in the heat of the Italian sun has shaken the family and pulled their underlying problems to the surface.

Max finds himself in the middle of a tangled web of desire. His marital problems are compounded when his wife begins a sordid affair whilst someone close to him makes their romantic intentions towards him clear. The situation intensifies and reaches a dangerous peak, and it isn’t long until someone gets seriously hurt . . .