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Divide and Rule

Jan Mark

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.

Divide and Rule is the story of Hanno, an outsider and an unbeliever, who nevertheless conforms to society and presents himself at the temple as all youths his age must do. He knows he won't be chosen as the Shepherd because of his lack of faith. So when his worst fears are realised and he has to come to terms with giving a year of his life to the Temple, he is outraged. How can he retain his independence in such a harsh and corrupt regime? A stunning novel which raises questions of faith and individuality - one of three early works by Jan Mark which proved her versatility and displayed not only her intellectual vigour but her unparalleled storytelling skills.

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Praise for Divide and Rule

  • Remarkable - The Sunday Times

  • Compelling - The Observer

  • (Mark's) masterly control over the stifling situation and the erosion of Hanno's health and personality, plus the honesty of her desolate ending (a moral victory only, despite an escape of sorts), makes this a serious and compelling novel. - Kirkus Review

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Jan Mark

Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished writers for children of recent times. She won the Carnegie Medal twice - for Thunder and Lightnings (1976) and Handles (1983). Other acclaimed titles include They Do Things Differently There, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and The Eclipse of the Century, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her science fiction novels - The Ennead, Divide and Rule and Aquarius (all Hodder) - are acclaimed as masterpieces. A former teacher, Jan came from a London family, spent many years living in Norfolk but, for the last twenty years of her life, made her home in Oxford, where she died in 2006.

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