Smith by Leon Garfield
  

Smith

Written by Leon Garfield
Illustrated by Kenny McKendry
Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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Smith is a sort of artful dodger character of his time. Set in 18th century London, this is the story of a 12 year old and how, having pickpocketed an elderly man only to see him immediately murdered realises he must put right his wrong and find out who murdered him without being implicated himself. Evocative of time and place with a compelling and often humourous storyline and an array of interesting characters this is a story you'll be drawn into and you won't want to let go.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. An exciting, full-blooded novel laced with intrigue and deception, powered by good (and evil) about Smith, a young urchin in 18th century London who. having witnessed a murder and become 'eyes' to a Blind Judge, has to use his sharp wits night and day if he is to survive.
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Synopsis

Smith by Leon Garfield

London street urchin Smith is 12 years old, and an experienced pick-pocket. One day on Ludgate Hill, he robbed an old gentleman, and one minute later watched him silently murdered by two men, who chased him for the document he had stolen but could not understand. Smith artfully dodges the two men and winds up in the odd company of a wealthy blind man, who takes Smith into his home and provides him with an education. But this new comfort is lost when Smith himself is suspected of the very murder he witnessed.

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About the Author

Leon Garfield

Leon Garfield was born in Brighton in 1921. His brief art studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, when he joined the army. After the war he worked as a hospital laboratory technician until in the 1960s his literary success enabled him to devote himself completely to writing. He lived with his wife, the children's writer, Vivien Alcock, in Highgate, North London, which has featured in many of his novels.

He was working on a four-hour dramatisation of The Odyssey for BBC Radio when he died on 2nd June 1996.

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Format

Paperback
304 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Leon Garfield
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Publisher

Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014

ISBN

9780141355214

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