The Divided Lady

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The Divided Lady
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First UK edition
Author Bruce Marshall
Country Scotland
Language English
Publisher Collins (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 158

The Divided Lady is a 1960 novel by Scottish writer Bruce Marshall.

Plot summary[edit]

The style of this book is unusual for a Marshall work. The first half of the book alternates present time with flashbacks from the central character's earlier life.

James Childers, an accountant with a large London firm is sent to Rome to investigate a business deal. The Sisters of Ramoth-Gilead have invested a considerable sum with Morobito, a famous film producer, to make a movie about St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo of Turin. The Sisters suspect they have been swindled.

Childers, who served in Rome in the post-World War II era, quickly revisits old haunts. The chapters switch back and forth between events during his original tour in Rome and the current one.

Post-World War II Childers worked for the British Army dealing with Displaced Persons, specifically their financial situations. In his spare time he pursued Phoebe & Sarah, beautiful, identical twins who are aides of the General Childers also works for.

In the present time, while investigating the Sisters' case, Childers renews his acquaintanceship with Bice, the daughter of a wealthy Duke who was a teenager when he was last in Rome. Bice hopes to use this relationship to get a part in Morobito's film.

But Childers also meets Mila, who is what the Italians call a "Divided Lady," meaning that she is separated from her husband and hoping to obtain an annulment from the Catholic Church.[1]


  1. ^ Marshall, B: The Divided Lady Popular Library New York 1960.