You may know Helen Smith from her bestselling cult novel "Alison Wonderland." With this second novel, Smith's "lucid prose," "keen eye", and satirical viewpoint are warmly praised by numerous book blogs and newspaper reviews. Download this spotlight book today - it's a steal at $0.99!

"4.5 stars! With the author's gift for cunning prose that manages to point out the absurdities of life while mixing in bizarre (yet somehow believable) situations, this book is a treat. From the attention-grabbing first scene (and creative way to create the conflict), to the compelling final culmination (the last words in the book imply the perfect image), I was engaged every step of the way. The well-planned pacing of the book brought connections together in an utterly entertaining fashion, and everything made sense after all. The author has a way of normalizing the offbeat, and wrapping it in a tight package that encourages the reader to look at life through a slightly different lens. Fascinating and delightful, this will appeal to those who like quirky romps." -- Motherlode Blog
Being Light, by Helen Smith

"Imagine a satire on Cool Britannia made by the Coen Brothers." Times Literary Supplement

When Roy Travers doesn't come home his wife begins to suspect he has been abducted by aliens, and she enlists the help of a private detective to find him. But Roy was not taken by aliens. The truth is far stranger.

"This is a novel in which the ordinary and the unusual are constantly juxtaposed in various idiosyncratic characters - Its airy quirkiness is a delight." The Times

"A screwball comedy that really works." The Independent

"Wicked!" Time Out

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Meet the Author

Helen Smith is a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and The Crime Writers Association. She traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both - from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant - before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel, which was published by Gollancz (an imprint of the Hachette Group). She writes novels, children's books, poetry, plays and screenplays, and was the recipient of an Arts Council of England Award. She's a long-term supporter of Freedom From Torture and mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.

She is currently under commission to write a play and has a pilot for a TV series in development. She's also working on a new novel. She likes knitting but she doesn't like driving. She likes dancing. She has a blog at Sign up for book news here:

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