Richard Beard is the author of four novels, including The Cartoonist (Bloomsbury, 2000), and Dry Bones (Secker & Warburg, 2004). This is his first US publication. He is also the author of three works of non-fiction and the Director of the National Academy of Writing in London.
In the gospels Jesus is described as having only one friend, and when this friend dies, Jesus does something that he does nowhere else in the Bible. He weeps. Novelist Richard Beard begins here. Mixing Biblical sources, historical detail, fascinating references to music, art, and writers as diverse as Kahlil Gibran and Norman Mailor, and abundant reserves of creative invention, Beard gives us his astonishing and amusing take on the greatest story ever told about second chances.