Michael, a married man running a small business, accompanies a squabbling delegation of bishops to Africa as a lay volunteer. There an unsettling encounter with a hotel porter leads to a series of agonising moral dilemmas that compromise his faith, his work - and his marriage. Drew Pautz's "Love the Sinner" offers a remarkably fresh and painful take on our perpetual guilt in the face of poverty and brutality in the developing world. Intensely topical, it will inspire controversy and compassion in equal measure.

Love the Sinner 2010, Nick Hern Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781848420892