No comment needed on the following from Lord Pooter’s diary on 9th March
“I’ve just learned that Macmillan will be printing a third edition of The Gospel According to Judas ten days before publication; however it may not reach the bookshops before publication day, 20th March, and therefore those of you who would like a first edition should order it now from your local bookshop or amazon [link deleted to make acquisition of the book at least a little more difficult] who are selling it for an incredible £5.99.
“You may be amused to read page 39 of The Times today, where you will discover that ‘The Pope gives his blessing to the gospel of Jeffrey Archer’ – search as I did for a mention of His Holiness in the article, I couldn’t find it.”
If you don’t want a copy of the exceedingly rare first edition (as read by Desmond Tutu - Jeff’s “first choice for this project [ie reading the audio book - is it because subliminally Jeff thinks Desmond is a Judas of some sort? I think we should be told]) then you could donate the money to a worthwhile charity, or spend it phoning to vote for Ray “Shouty” Stubbs on Comic Relief. Ray would be a worthy successor to the creepy schoolgirl obsessive that represented the Uk in last year’s Eurovision. Perhaps somehow the two votes can be tied together.