Smoke is Dr Dan Vyleta's (Senior Lecturer, Department of Film and Creative Writing) latest novel. It is set in an England that is utterly strange yet utterly real. An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state.
The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule. At an elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright, we meet Thomas Argyle and Charlie Cooper. On a field trip to London, Thomas and Charlie begin to suspect that everything they have been taught about Smoke is a lie. What does the future hold for the two young men? A grand estate where secrets lurk; a love triangle; a desperate struggle between faith and reason, good and evil. This is the world of Smoke—a world of great danger and extraordinary wonders.
Already published in the USA and Canada, Smoke will be available in the UK and Europe 7 July 2016.
“Astonishing . . . it’s filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. Yes, really . . .”
—The Stylist (UK)