Title: Holy Disorder
Author: Geoff Smith
Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: 386 pages, Paperback
Published: September 2022 by RiverRun, an imprint of Foreshore Publishing, London.
The journey of an ordinary man, from working class lad seeking both purpose and understanding in 1960’s Manchester, to becoming chaplain to a bishop, and of the sad, inevitable and possibly irreversible decline of the Church.
Holy Disorder is Geoff Smith’s first literary work, a semi-autobiographical novel that has the potential to establish itself as an English classic. With empathy, clarity, and perspicuity, and writing that is raw, real, and honest, Smith chronicles the journey of a working-class lad from seeking both purpose and understanding in 1960’s Manchester, a city rocked by the crimes of Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, to becoming chaplain to a bishop. Smith’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle provides thought-provoking as well as emotional and spiritual impact through its social commentary, and reflections on humanity and of the sad, inevitable and possibly irreversible decline of the Church.
About the Author: Geoff Smith was ordained in 1969 in Sheffield and has been a curate, a vicar and a cathedral canon. Holy Disorder is drawn from the authors first hand experience of his work in the Church of England.