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Lost in sadness since the death of his mum, Phil finds himself on the streets and alone. When he meets a fascinating stranger he is happy just to have a friend. Together they drift with the wind but all is not as aimless as it appears and it seems that the universe has a plan for Phil.


some of the reviews for this book on Amazon

We all need a Smithy, now and again. 7 Aug 2012

Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the easy flow of this story and the moment of suspense between fiction and possibility of the truth. `Smithy’ is a story told from the perspective of Phil, a naïve teenage boy whose life falls into a state of empty aimlessness after his mother dies. He gives up on a college education and finds living with his aunt Marjie and her family unpleasant, he therefore moves out to live with two friends in a semi squat. Unable to settle in their environment of constant squabbles and petty arguments Phil wanders the streets in a confused and seemingly hopeless state unable to grasp his emotional decline. After a few nights on benches he finds a church homeless shelter, which provides food and a bed along with the advice to return to his aunt’s home, which he rejects. By chance, he is befriended by `Smithy’. The charismatic Smithy encourages Phil to develop his self worth, to believe in the future and to accept life’s opportunities.
This is a story of unbelievable good luck, but it is also a story that reflects the good nature of fellow humans. We learn how unfortunate circumstances can leave us feeling lost regardless of wealth and by searching our conscience we can find our own `Smithy’ a guardian angel that guides us. The language is clear and at the level that brings the naivety of the character Phil to life, with a conversational tone that is captivating story telling. This is a good read that ends well, leaving the reader a few moments to ponder about the subtle realities of good luck or self made opportunities.
By Ann

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
So enjoyed reading this enthralling story. It is the best book l have read in a long while, a gripping hard to put down tale.
By John Bayliss

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Smithy is the story of Phil, a sensitive and vulnerable seventeen year old who finds himself homeless and virtually destitute following the death of his Mum, who was probably the only person who ever truly loved him. By chance, he meets the enigmatic Smithy, who little by little draws the damaged young man out of himself and shows him the goodness of the humankind. In the course of the journey they take, Phil comes to terms with his mother’s death and finds the place where he truly belongs, learning a great deal about life and grief in the process.

In less confident hands, a story like this could have easily become sentimental, but by using Phil’s matter-of-fact, straightforward language, Diane M Dickson keeps this tale firmly grounded. It doesn’t shy away from describing the perils of homelessness and of life in a homeless shelter; but we also share Phil’s joy in rediscovering the simple pleasures of life, like the song of the blackbird, or making an improvised meal from a tin of frankfurters.

So who is Smithy? Phil’s guardian angel? Possibly, but actually it doesn’t matter who Smithy is; we’re just glad, for Phil’s sake, that he is there.

Smithy is a fable, perhaps a modern fairy tale, that shows us the very best in human nature. It’s a story about trust, about friendship, and about the resiliance of the human psyche. There’s a slightly derogatory phrase often used about films–“a feel good movie”–and I think I could describe Smithy “a feel good story” although, if I did, I would mean it in a totally positive way. I’d challenge anyone not too feel happier and more uplifted after reading this novella.


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