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