By Helen Smith
Roy Travers is swept away through a freak gust of wind whereas attempting to set up a bouncy fortress in Brockwell Park, south London. Sheila, his spouse, can’t comprehend why he hasn’t stumbled on his long ago domestic. She starts off to suspect that Roy has been kidnapped via extraterrestrial beings and enlists the aid of Mrs Fitzgerald’s Bureau of research to discover him. Sheila travels to Kent with Alison, a personal detective. jointly they construct a lacking folks commercial out of pebbles on a seashore, hoping will probably be noticeable by means of the extraterrestrial beings who've taken Roy. yet Roy used to be no longer taken by means of extraterrestrial beings. in point of fact some distance stranger. 'Smith has a willing eye for cloth information, yet her prose is lucid and uncluttered via heavy description. think a satire on Cool Britannia made via the Coen Brothers... very funny.' occasions Literary complement
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Sheila’s sister bought them as a treat to try and cheer her up. The two women sit through the rest of the play. Sheila’s sister is furious because Sheila distracts her, sitting and fiddling with her earrings as if tuning them in to some Mayday frequency from outer space. ‘Come in, Lieutenant Uhuru,’ she says when she recounts the story to her husband that night, mimicking Sheila to make him laugh and relieve some of the tension she’s feeling. Back at her flat with a cup of tea, Sheila wonders whether there was something special that allowed the message to get through.
When there is no answer, he shouts her name through the letterbox. He’s not sure whether she would hear him as she lives on the second floor, but at least he can tell his wife that he tried. If Sheila is not in, he can use the £10 his wife gave him for the flowers for something else. If he puts it on a horse and it wins, he will take his wife out for the evening. Their son can look after his grandmother for a change. Sheila can see Brian Donald from her window. She has nothing whatsoever to say to him.
For five years Sylvia worked as a croupier, salting away the pay and dreaming about the circus. For five more years, Sylvia trained animals, working for the undisputed expert in the field, Venetia Latimer. Then she ran away from that life too. Sylvia’s name is a reminder of the very early days; she chose it for herself when she went into show business. As she flew in the air, spinning above people in the big top, Sylvia had a vision in her head that she was shining and metallic and swift and hard like a silver arrow.
Being Light by Helen Smith