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Philip Spires

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Carrer Agro 5, La Nucia
Alicante, Spain


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I was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in 1952 and was brought up in Sharlston,
then a mining village. I did grammar school in Normanton, took a chemical engineering
degree from Imperial College, London, and then decided to teach, after a PGCE at
King’s. I then went to Kenya for two years as a volunteer. On returning Britain, I did
sixteen years in London education. But the travel bug was with me and in 1992 my
wife and I decided to move to Brunei, where we lived for almost seven years. Three
years in Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, followed and then semi-retirement beckoned
and we moved to Spain. Since 2003 I have done some part-time teaching, we have run
a small tourist rental business and I have completed a PhD, as well as five books. Two
are African novels set in Kenya, Mission and A Fool's Knot. Voyagers is a set of travel
stories. 50 Of The Best is a sports book on rugby league, co-authored with Martin
Offiah. The latest is a comic novel, A Search For Donald Cottee, in which a blogging
Quixote retires to Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca after a life as Yorkshire miner.

Interests: music, cooking, reading, writing, travel, philosophy, science, mathematics, politics,intellectual exercise

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Mission
  • Voyagers
  • A Fool's Knot
  • A Search For Donald Cottee
  • Nonfiction

  • Martin Offiah's 50 Of The Best