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Divided City by Theresa Breslin

Age range: young adult

* Winner of the 2008 Falkirk Red Book Award
* Winner of the Catalyst Book Award
* Chosen for the Irish One Book Cross Border Community Reading Project funded by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation

Graham comes from a sheltered Protestant background. But when he witnesses a shocking moment of violence, suddenly he finds himself involved with helping an illegal asylum seeker and his girlfriend. This isn't a problem he can sort out on his own. Then help comes from an unexpected source: a Catholic boy from a very different world, and Graham is forced to reassess his own fears and prejudices.

DIVIDED CITY deals with racism and intolerance, and explores the reasons behind inter-communal violence. Theresa's understanding of the subject has led to the book being widely used in schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The novel has been adapted into a musical by Glasgow Citizens Theatre, who have staged several performances. There is also a published edition of the play version of the book, out now with Methuen.

“An outstanding writer... simply superb” THE INDEPENDENT

“with all her teenage novels, Breslin has a powerful point to make, without telling readers what to think” THE SCOTSMAN

" A cracking good read ... characters we both believe in and like."

“Compelling ... this humane and edgy story prickles and nudges the reader towards tolerance and understanding of other communities.”

Rights : Laura Cecil

UK : Doubleday
UK : Methuen Drama