Ruth has been telling me for ages how wonderful David Eagleman’s Sum-Tales from the afterlives, is and now I know what she means. To use one of the writer’s favourite words it does inspire awe on a grand scale. Eagleman is a neuroscientist who expresses exasperation with scientific reductionism and religious fundamentalism and is not satisfied with any statements which include such certainties as it is only or this is it all in a nutshell. His short book is big on ideas about posibilities of the after life. Imagine a heaven where God empathises with Dr Frankenstein or the inhabitants wage war over the whereabouts of the deity. What if God created the world for the benefit of microbes and has not even noticed we exist? This book is a delight in terms of the startling richness of the invention and the wisdom of its questions.