Book Of The Day – The Miracle Inspector

by Greg on April 19, 2011

Today’s ENT Book Of The Day is here! The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith has an impressive 4.3 star rating and costs $2.99.

This story is set in London in the near future. Although the story is fiction, it is easy to see this becoming reality. It is a world in which London is cut off from the rest of the world and the people are ruled by a dictator and the women cannot work and must cover themselves up when going out. Women and children cannot leave their homes without permission from their husband. It is a London where the government is full of corruption and there are civilian spies throughout the city. In short, it is a story of what could really happen in the not too distant future. Maybe this book is a warning.

The Miracle Inspector
The Miracle Inspector – U.K.
by Helen Smith
Rating: 4.3 Stars
Category: Thriller/Humor
Price: $2.99
Visit Helen Smith’s blog


A dystopian thriller set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London – with disastrous consequences.

Helen Smith was the recipient of an Arts Council Award for The Miracle Inspector.

“Smith is at the very least a minor phenomenon.” The Times

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“The Miracle Inspector is one of the few novels that everyone should read, it’s a powerful novel that’s masterfully written and subtly complex.”
5 Stars – SciFi and Fantasy Books


Dark? Surely. Comic? Absolutely. Enjoyable? Thoroughly! However, I do have to confess that I hope this author’s reflection of the future is off–way off! I wouldn’t want to live is such a world, but unfortunately, in this ‘terroristic’ day and age, such a society is all too easy to imagine. It’s frightening, actually, how realistic Ms. Smith’s musings are; she paves a path for the reader to envision a clear view of what could turn into a very scary destiny for us all.

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Helen Smith is a talented author and I will be buying more of her work.


This story illustrates, with a curious beauty, how bewildering fantasy and irrationality can become the everyday experience of a population trapped in such circumstances; how far the human mind may retreat into imagination to defy and escape from the horrors of interrogation.

Subtly terrifying, this is the author’s most important book to date. The novel is at least partially influenced by Helen Smith’s work as a mentor to exiled writers at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. An antidote to complacency; if you feel at all contented with the world as it is, you must read this.

Get The Miracle Inspector here: The Miracle Inspector

About The Author

Helen Smith is a member of the Society of Authors and the Writers Guild of Great Britain. 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 the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture and mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.

She is currently under commission to write a play in 2011 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: Come and say hello!

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Helen Smith and ENT appreciate it.

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