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What critics are saying about Love Among the Ruins and Harry's Last Stand

His straight-from-the-heart delivery makes these events seem as clear and immediate as if they happened yesterday

Morning Star

A deep love of humanity is what animates Smith. He is a hero of our times.


The writing is beautiful and honest. The story is genuinely life-affirming.


A kind of epic poem, one that moves in circular fashion from passionate denunciation to intense autobiographical reflection ... should be required reading for every MP, peer, councillor, civil servant and commentator. The fury and sense of powerlessness that so many people feel at government policy beam out of every page.

Melissa Benn, Guardian

Smith's unwavering will to turn things around makes for inspirational reading.

Big Issue North

Mr Smith's is a rousing, earthy writing that's part Tony Harrison, part

Dennis Skinner

This hymn of wrath against the toxic nexus of money and power in austerity UK from a Bradford pauper's son, excommunicated from the Catholic church for marrying an "enemy" woman in post-war Germany, is a compelling life-verdict.

Paul Routledge, The Tablet

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