Forbidden Line
by Paul Stanbridge

Forbidden Line

Galley Beggar Press

Don and Is career around Essex and London, tilting at windmills, abusing petrol station assistants, fighting with each other and everyone around them. They are on a quest – as far as Don is concerned – to reveal the truth about history (or the lack of truth) and to uncover the secrets of the hyperfine transition of hydrogen… But Is – like most of us – isn’t really sure what Don is talking about. And all he really wants to do is get through to the next day – and back to his family. Both of which turn into extremely tricky propositions, as Don takes him ever deeper into danger, and the very structure of reality (as well as the narrative of Forbidden Line itself) begins to turn against them both….

Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize

“A homage, a hallucinatory metaphysical journey, heroes beyond eccentric. These are only the first of a maelstrom of impressions stirred up by this Cervantes tribute act. Here is a text as exhaustively enquiring as it is exhaustingly dogmatic, yet iridescent with the radiance of Don Quixote’s original spirit. Its overtly philosophical argument is tempered by the deep emotional impulses of the men themselves; This Don and his servant, Is, are infinitely engaging exemplars of love and comradeship.”

About the Author

Paul Stanbridge grew up in Essex. He has worked as a pensions administrator, bookseller, receptionist, waiter, archival catalogue editor, chef, barman, ministerial drafter, learning mentor and builder. He has also written a doctoral thesis examining creative method in literary modernism and divides his working time between music and writing. Forbidden Line is his first novel.