This is a story.


In this ingenious and spell-binding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told.


Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the reader questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. For, above all, this book is about how stories become stories.






A true, charismatic Christianity is set against a highly institutionalised church. . .the charm of this book lies in its seriousness about the story it tells, and about its being a story.

Frank Kermode, London Review of Books

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. … [The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ] is a fierce and beautiful book which, like the parable of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov, will move even those who disagree with it.


The Gospel according to Pullman, precisely because it is so skillfully constructed, will prompt many readers to turn once more to consider whether or not they should accept the apparently bizarre testimony of the early Christian witnesses, testimony which they repeatedly insisted was not simply a ‘story’ but was based on factual experience.


In Pullman’s work, Jesus is a charismatic, honest speaker, who believes that the kingdom of God is imminent. Christ, on the other hand, has an eye to posterity, to the need for an organised church and to the requirements of history. “He knows that human beings, being what they are, need structures, they fall into bureaucracy. He knew that the kingdom never was going to come,” said Pullman.



The Enhanced Ebook


The appAvailable in the UK, USA and in Canada, the provocative new work by acclaimed novelist Philip Pullman has now been tailor-made for the iPhone. It includes the full ebook, the unabridged audiobook synchronised to the text, read by the author, as well as exclusive video interviews.


By Enhanced Editions