The Gospel of Judas

first published by Little, Brown in the UK (2000) and the US (2001). Paperback in the US (Penguin) and UK (Abacus)

"...a gripping, utterly compelling story."
The Times

Amongst the ancient papyri of the Dead Sea a remarkable scroll is discovered. Written in the first century AD, it purports to be the true account of the life of jesus, as told by Youdas the sicarios - Judas Iscariot.

If authentic, it will be one of the most incendiary documents in the history of mankind. The task of proving - or disproving - its validity falls to Father Leo Newman, one of the world's leading experts in Koine, the demotic Greek of the Roman Empire, and man the newspapers like to call a 'renegade priest'.

But as Leo absorbs himself in Judas' testimony, the stories of his own life haunt him. The story of his forbidden yet irresistible love for a married woman. The story of his mother's passionate and tragic affair in war-time Rome. They are stories of love and betrayal that may threaten his faith just as deeply as the Gospel of Judas...

The Gospel of Judas is a story of betrayal and resurrection, the story of a man’s loss of belief and his discovery of love; maybe it's a novel for the new millennium




Simon Mawer 2008 - 2018. This website is written and maintained by the author.