Helen Smith, of emperor’s clothes fame, has a new book out. Okay, so it came out a week or so ago; but I’m nothing if not a bit behind the times.
There’s some blurb about Helen and the book below; but I urge you to rush out and buy it for two reasons:
- Helen is a great writer and it’s bound to be awesome
- Helen is lovely.
If quality and loveliness aren’t good reasons to buy a book, then I don’t know what are.
The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith, which has drawn comparisons with the work of Margaret Atwood, will be published in paperback on 4th September 2012. It is a blackly comic dystopian thriller inspired by Helen Smith’s time spent volunteering as a mentor for exiled writers in London through British charity Freedom from Torture.
Smith says, ‘Rather than try to tell the stories of the people I met, I wondered what it would be like if I had to flee from London without money or possessions. How would I escape? What kind of reception would I get if I arrived somewhere without money or possessions, with little understanding of the culture? How would I know who to trust? That was my starting point. I hope people will finish the book asking some of the questions I started with.’
The Miracle Inspector is set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. The book tells the story of a young married couple, Lucas and Angela, and the disastrous consequences of their decision to try to escape from London to make a new life and start a family.
The Miracle Inspector is one of the few novels that everyone should read, it’s a powerful novel that’s masterfully written and subtly complex.
SciFi and Fantasy Books
Helen Smith crafts a story like she’s the British lovechild of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, only with a feminist slant.
Journal of Always Reviews
About the author:
Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She is the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland and Being Light as well as other books and plays. She was the recipient of an Arts Council Award for The Miracle Inspector and is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and English PEN. She hosts the popular Literary Cabaret events at literary festivals.
About Freedom from Torture:
Freedom from Torture is a British charity that provides care and rehabilitation for individuals and their families who are survivors of torture and other forms of organised violence.