My Friend Judas

Andrew Sinclair
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The scene is Cambridge in the early 1960s. Ben Birt, an intellectual Brando from a grammar school, sees the University through proud, bawdy and anarchic eyes. Classless but deeply class-conscious. Brought up on Shakespeare and the classics, much influenced by contemporary French and American, he talks a vivid new language. Ben, above all, is alive. He does: and does not apologize for what he does. He gives to life without giving in; and takes from life without being taken in. He ends up on his own, beginning to see Cambridge has more to offer than a three years’ muckabout in a festering fen.

‘Very clever indeed . . . This portrait of la vie de boheme universitaire should raise squeals of outraged delight . . . all along the line from Belgravia to Budleigh Salterton.’ Daily Telegraph


Andrew Sinclair (born 1935) is a novelist, historian, critic and film-maker. He was a founding member of Churchill College, Cambridge. From his rich, varied and extensive bibliography Faber Finds is reissuing his first two novels, The Breaking of Bumbo and My Friend Judas, both published in 1959, his history of Prohibition in America, Prohibition: The Era of Excess and his…

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