07.09.09 Catherine Neilan in The Bookseller
He added: "Philip Pullman has written a book of genuine importance, a radical and ingenious retelling of the life of Jesus that demystifies and illuminates this most famous and influential of stories. It strips Christianity bare, exposes the Gospels to a new light and succeeds brilliantly as a work of literature because it is convincing, thought-provoking, profoundly moving and beautifully nuanced throughout."Pullman said: "The story I tell comes out of the tension within the dual nature of Jesus Christ, but what I do with it is my responsibility alone. Parts of it read like a novel, parts like a history, and parts like a fairy tale; I wanted it to be like that because it is, among other things, a story about how stories become stories."The title will be published as part of the Canongate Myths series next Easter. It will be released simultaneously in America by Grove Atlantic, in Australia and New Zealand by Text, and Random House imprint Knopf in Canada, as well as "a number" of other international publishers.