I found myself recently on a newspaper assignment with Jeffrey Archer, the best-selling novelist and disgraced British Conservative politician. The subject of Judas Iscariot came up. Archer had once published his fictional The Gospel According to Judas, and I was in the final stages of a biography of Jesus’ betrayer. “Let me give you a word of advice,” he offered affably. “You won’t make any money out of it.” Perhaps I should have been put off, but Judas and I go back a long way. He was in the room when I was researching my 1996 biography of the Devil, Judas’ infamous betrayal for 30 pieces of silver having long been attributed to Satan’s influence. I even once appeared in a documentary, Sorry Judas, in which I took part in a re-enactment of the Last Supper at Pinewood Studios, grapes and all. Most of all, behind Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle (pictured alongside, bottom left) lies my Catholic childhood. Judas was, quite simply, the apostle who seemed real and flawed like the rest of us. The UK paperback is out now as are US, Dutch and French editions. For more details, click here.