By John Updike Hamish Hamilton. £16.00. Hardback.
John Updike's 17th novel In the Beauty of the Lilies - written as he approaches old age - is not the work of a card-carrying evangelical. Updike's mentor is Karl Barth, he is deeply concerned with the implications of a God of utter Otherness, and strives to analyse an America that at the millennium can only look back on a crisis of faith and of humanity itself.