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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

In this second novel in the Sunday Philosophy Club, Isabel Dalhousie’s niece, Cat (she of the unsuitable boyfriends) is invited to a wedding in Italy. This means that Isabel is left in charge of Cat’s delicatessen – a task to which the redoutable moral philosopher proves more than equal. She is intrigued by the customers, of course, given her irrepressible tendency to take an interest in the business of others, and one man in particular attracts her attention. He is recovering from heart surgery – a heart transplant in fact – and when Isabel gets to know him a bit better he reveals an extraordinary aspect of being the recipient of another’s heart. Isabel is drawn into an investigation of the facts behind the transplant, with disturbing results. Her enquiries take time, but not so much time as to prevent romantic entanglements, both for Isabel and her housekeeper, Grace. And as for chocolate – that proves to have some very interesting philosophical ramifications – at least in the mind of Isabel Dalhousie. Chocolate is a moral problem, it transpires – invoking questions of temptation and, of course, human weakness. We are all weak when it comes to chocolate, Isabel decides – should we just accept the fact and get on with it?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 5th September 2005

Price: £15.98

ISBN-13: 9781405500548

Reviews

A gem of a novel. Isabel [is] on wickedly intelligent and perceptive form
DAILY MIRROR
A wonderfully ingenious plot. McCall Smith writes with a delightful twinkle in his eye
Daily Telegraph
Another delightful read
WATERSTONES BOOK QUARTERLY
A gem of a novel. Isabel [is] on wickedly intelligent and perceptive form
Daily Mirror
Fascinating digressions, diversions and disputes ... roll on volume three
LITERARY REVIEW
Brimming with discreet charm
Mail on Sunday
A wonderfully ingenious plot. McCall Smith writes with a delightful twinkle in his eye
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Fascinating digressions, diversions and disputes . . . roll on volume three
Literary Review
Like [Barbara] Pym, McCall Smith believes that the small stuff in life matters
Scotsman
Another delightful read
Waterstones Book Quarterly