John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, reviews this book by Alexander McCall Smith in today's Church Times. He calls it "a life-affirming book . . . it has an innocence and emotional wisdom about it . . . like a soap opera."
Smith, he continues, "combines social comment and philosophy with light comedy, and has a feel for narrative and characterisation. He is a practising Episcopalian, and I think the values of his faith come through. In the end people get their just deserts."
But isn't a belief in "just deserts" the very opposite of religious faith? If we're all going to get what's coming to us, what difference can God make?