The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Philip Pullman

I think of him all the time, and he thinks of me not at all. I love him, and my love torments me. There are times when I feel like a ghost beside him; as if he alone is real, and I’m just a daydream
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This is the story of two brothers. One is impassioned and one reserved. One is destined to go down in history and the other to be forgotten.

In Philip Pullman’s hands, this sacred tale is reborn as one of the most enchanting, thrilling and visionary stories of recent years.

“A supreme storyteller … Pullman has done the story a service by reminding us of its extraordinary power to provoke and disturb.”
Salley Vickers

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“Striking and suggestive.”
Boyd Tonkin

“Beautifully written, humane, memorable and resonant.”
Philip Hensher

“A fierce and beautiful book which … will move even those who disagree with it … Though he wears his scholarship lightly as befits a master storyteller, there is no doubt in my mind that Pullman has a complete grasp of the intricacies of the quest for the historical Jesus.”
Richard Holloway

“Beautifully effective … Pullman’s retelling of the central story in western civilisation provides a brilliant new interpretation that is also a thought-provoking reflection on the process of how stories come into existence and accrue their meanings.”
Nick Rennison
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Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Award and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in thirty-nine languages and sold tens of millions of copies. He lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons.