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Winner of the Arts Council Award (UK), The Miracle Inspector is a darkly comic literary thriller set in the near future, a dystopian London where women are restricted and miracles are vetted by the government. Reviewers praise Smith's wry humor and The Times, wry itself, said: "'Smith is at the very least a minor phenomenon."
by Helen Smith
4.5 Stars - 13 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
Set in a near-future London, this is the story of a minor government official, Lucas, and his wife Angela. In Smith's future London, a written constitution guarantees people the right to believe in miracles. Lucas investigates and officially proclaims for the government whether a miracle has occurred or not.
London's government is so repressive that women are not allowed out of the house unless visiting relatives.
England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theaters and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. Lucas and Angela try to escape from London - with disastrous consequences.
The reviewers said:
"Helen Smith's The Miracle Inspector represents British humor at its best."
"The author's trademark humor leaks through the dialogue, in the wonderful verbal shorthand between the characters. Helen Smith's writing is confident and competent, always full of surprises."
About the Author:
Helen Smith writes novels, children's books, poetry, plays and screenplays. She lives in London and is a long-term supporter of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture where she mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.
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