Desert Ascent or a brief history of eternity - a novel

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    Abbot Peter has enough on his plate frankly. His monastery of St. James the Less is due for closure. Stuck amid the outer reaches of a large desert nowhere, it wasn't deemed to be scoring very high on its performance indicators. And then there were the staff changes which really only increased the pressure on an abbot already wavering on the fundamentals of the faith, and some hugely demanding pilgrims who had come to the desert because there was nowhere else to take their creaking lives. Amidst all this a mini family saga is lived out, there's some surprising sex and the issue of cradle songs becomes increasingly pressing, as does the search for a ladder; a ladder to God whoever He or She may be. All in all, it is a desert tale which adds up to an ascent of sorts, and a strange epiphany. But should the truth really cost this much?

    Simon Parke started writing for radio programmes like Week Ending, then for TV, contributing to the early days of Spitting Image and Three of a Kind. He has also written for Simon Mayo's Radio One Breakfast Show, been the 'house vicar' for Heart and Soul on BBC1, and paused for thought with Terry Wogan on Radio 2. But, he spends most of his time as a Church of England vicar in London.