Gregory Pharoah is a materialist. His days are filled with brief client meetings and his nights with meaningless sexual encounters, and, for now, that's just how he likes it. So when he bears first-hand witness to the robbery of a defenceless woman, Alice Fell, and subsequently makes her acquaintance, he expects the sexually charged game of cat and mouse that follows to yield him yet another conquest. Alice - enigmatic and superstitious - is convinced she is special and destined for a higher purpose, and that her meeting Gregory will lead her to this. But she is tragically wrong: Their meeting has set off a chain of events, one beyond each of their control. A Division of the Light is a gripping and intense novel exploring rationalism and religion, coincidence and fate. It is also a fascinating account of a photographer's passion for his craft, told by a writer who is clearly a master of his own.