Sex is Forbidden
A gripping and perceptive novel about the trials of self-discovery by one of our most highly acclaimed writers.
Sex is forbidden at the Dasgupta Institute. So what is the sparkling, magnetically attractive Beth Marriot doing here? Beth is fighting demons: a catastrophic series of events has undermined all prospect of happiness. Trauma leaves her no alternative but to bury herself in the austere asceticism of a community that wakes at 4am, doesn't permit eye contact, let alone speech, and keeps men and women strictly segregated. But the curious self dies hard. Conflicted and wayward, Beth stumbles on a diary and cannot keep away from it, or the man who wrote it.
Originally published with the title The Server
Praise for Sex is Forbidden
It's a cracker - clever, funny and insightful, with complicated, conflicted and totally convincing Beth at heartHarry Ritchie, Daily Mail
Parks writes with detachment, wit and intelligence, and the troubled voice in Beth is entirely convincingKate Saunders, The Times
A wry and subtle story about what happens when the western self tries to lose itself.Kathryn Hughes, Prospect
An eminently readable and thought-provoking novel that teases you to the last page, and possibly beyondMarcus Berkmann, Spectator
Quirky, witty and deepTodd McEwen, Sunday Herald
The Dasgupta Institute...is sharply observed, a surprisingly dystopian environment of gender segregation and enforced privationThomas Marks, Telegraph
Tim Parks' new novel addresses in fiction a milieu and a theme that he explored, with great success, in his memoir Teach Us How to Sit StillLeo Robson, Guardian
Entertainingly dramatizes the conflict between seeking tranquility and expressing one true’s selfAlastair Mabbott, Herald