A River Divided, explores one of our most fundamental social questions around who wins in the battle of nature vs nurture, as it takes the reader on a mysterious journey across the world to the Amazon Rainforest.
Evelyn, a geneticist and amateur archaeologist, makes a formidable discovery in Israel, the consequence of which is the birth of Christopher and José, identical twins raised apart—one in affluent Sydney, the other in the slums of Buenos Aires.
An adventure across the world, a quest for identity, a mysterious ancient text, a race to save the Amazon Rainforest, the twins meet for a moment only across a river divided.
Here the adversaries’ identities are confirmed as they meet head on in their battle for the forest.
“A mind-field of original thought-expanding ideas for those who care about the world” (Kenneth G. Ross, author of Breaker Morant). The characters will stay with you long after you have read the powerful and evocative last sentence: “A child. I will bring to the world a child.”
George studied at Berkeley, McGill and Yale and is Professor of Medical Sciences at Neuroscience Research Australia and The University of New South Wales, Sydney.
He has identified and named more brain areas than anyone in history (94 nuclei) and published 57 books—his first, The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, being the most cited publication in neuroscience and, for decades, the third most cited science book of all time.
His Atlas of the Human Brain received awards from the Association of American Publishers and the British Medical Association.
His atlases and concepts of brain organisation are used by most scientists working on the relationship between the brain and cognition, emotion, motivation and thought, including neurologic or psychiatric diseases such as Alzheimer’s and depression.
He was President of the Australian Neuroscience Society and the World Congress of Neuroscience.
He is a cyclist and environmental activist who has often been defeated by government. Twenty-one years in the making, A River Divided is his answer.
The story came to George when a friend suggested he visit Santiago de Compostela, where it’s said St James’ remains are buried. He thought of harvesting DNA from the remains to produce a clone, but then thought why not from someone far greater?
The research for his book took George to Jerusalem and Masada, The Vatican, the Brazilian Amazon and Buenos Aires where he learned the tango.