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Being Light: Adventures of a London Detective Agency by [Smith, Helen]
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Editorial Reviews


Smith has a keen eye for material details, but her prose is lucid and uncluttered by heavy description. Imagine a satire on Cool Britannia made by the Coen Brothers.
Times Literary Supplement

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

Smith's world is as wacky as Nicola Barker's, but much funnier, less disquieting. Perhaps the Evelyn Waugh of Decline and Fall comes closer - She is a great snapper-up of unconsidered trifles - Wicked!
Time Out

Smith's second novel has a comic style with a clear, simple, buoyant prose.
Irish Independent

An exuberant, acutely observed second novel.
Shena Mackay, The Independent

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Being Light is a screwball comedy set in England. It's the critically-acclaimed follow-up to Alison Wonderland, which was a number one bestseller in the Kindle store in the US, the UK and Germany. Some of the characters from the first book appear in Being Light, including private detective Alison Temple, her best friend Taron--who is on a one-woman mission to save the world--and Mrs Fitzgerald, the boss of the detective agency where Alison works. But Being Light is a standalone book and can be read and enjoyed without first having read Alison Wonderland.

The books are quirky comedies, set in a version of London in which everyone seems to know each other, neighbors take an interest in each other's welfare, and 'goodies' and 'baddies' are connected somehow--as if the characters were living in a small village with only about 300 inhabitants, rather than a city of 10 million strangers.  I chose London as a setting because I live in London and I love it--but sometimes I wish it was more manageable, friendlier, more easy to understand.  This is a London condensed into a version of Miss Marple's St Mary Mead, with edgy reality intruding occasionally into the cozy connectedness of the setting.  Though there are surreal elements woven into the madcap adventures, readers will recognise familiar London landmarks.  I hope you will enjoy inhabiting my imaginary version of London as much as I do.

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  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tyger Books (December 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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