Published: Lightning Books (July 2018)

ISBN:  9781785630712

The Hurtle of Hell

Simon Edge


An atheist comedy featuring God and a confused young man from Hackney

Gay, pleasure-seeking Stefano Cartwright is almost killed by a wave on a holiday beach. His journey up a tunnel of light convinces him that God exists after all, and he may need to change his ways if he is not to end up in hell.

When God happens to look down his celestial telescope and see Stefano, he is obliged to pay unprecedented attention to an obscure planet in a distant galaxy, and ends up on the greatest adventure of his multi-aeon existence.

The Hurtle of Hell combines a tender, human story of rejection and reconnection with an utterly original and often very funny theological thought-experiment. It is an entrancing fable that is both mischievous and big-hearted.









Simon Edge

Simon Edge was born in Chester and read philosophy at Cambridge University.

He worked as an English teacher in the Gaza Strip and a specialist journalist on the Middle East before becoming editor of the pioneering London paper Capital Gay and then entering Fleet Street.

A gossip columnist on the Evening Standard, he joined the staff of the Daily Express under editor Rosie Boycott and ended up staying 15 years, working variously as a feature writer, obituaries editor and theatre critic. He has also written for The TimesThe GuardianThe Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Star, Private Eye, the New Statesman and Attitude, where he was a contributing editor. He has been a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Simon was on the inaugural intake of City University's MA in Creative Writing and subsequently taught on that course as a visiting lecturer.

He lives in Suffolk with a kleptomaniac whippet called Pippin.

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