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Philip Spires

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I was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom and grew up in Sharlston, then a mining village. After London University I lived in Kenya. Then I taught in London before moving to Brunei and then the UAE. Since 2003, I have lived in Spain. My books, Mission and A Fool's Knot, are African novels set in Kenya, and examine how people cope with social and economic change.

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A Fool's Knot

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A Search For Donald Cottee

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One On One

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Strangers (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: a short story, one of a set loosely based on travel
Protesters (Literature & Fiction)
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A Fool's Knot (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: John Mwangangi is an idealist. He turns his back on a successful legal career in London to return to his home in Migwani, a small, poor town in eastern Kenya. His ambition is to assist his country's development, to create a model that others might emulate. But in trying to rediscover his roots and his very identity, old tensions resurface and new battles have to be fought. John gradually finds himself isolated by irreconcilable demands, excluded from his own culture, never fully admitted to the one he adopts. His father seeks proof of his son's integrity and insists that John's daughter be initiated into adulthood, an act that John's wife would never sanction. And when the tensions force the family apart, John finds solace in the company of Janet Rowlandson, a young British volunteer teacher, who becomes more than a friend. It becomes clear that someone will try to force the issue. A Fool's Knot is a sensitive portrait of a man's attempt to reclaim his cultural identity and, at the same time, stimulate change. The contradictions he must confront in his campaign against the grinding poverty of his people lead almost inevitably to conflict.
Mission (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician resentful of the power of foreign churches, tries to exploit the tragedy for his own ends. Boniface, a young church worker, and his wife, Josephine, have just lost their child. They did not make it to the hospital in time, possibly because Michael made a detour to retrieve a letter from the Mission, a letter from Janet, a former volunteer teacher who was the priest's neighbour for two years. It is Munyasya who has the last laugh, however, when he reveals that he was probably in control of events all along. Thirty years on, the same characters find their lives still influenced by his memory.
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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan is a subtle, moving book about espionage. There is a touch of oxymoron about that, somewhere. No-one is killed. There are no guns. No-one is shot, poisoned, dismembered or tortured, at least not physically, within these page ...more
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It’s ironic that a self-confessed loner like Frank Viviano should have become so engrossed in his family history. We should be thankful that this wanderer came to ground in Sicily to research his great-great-grandfather’s death, because his account, ...more
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For two thirds of its length, The Heart Of The Country by Fay Weldon is a brilliant, surprising, humorous, bitchy study of adopted and original rural life. Natalie, who was born with attributes of beauty and desirability, has suffered the confusion o ...more
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Uminya_marvel I'm surprised you invite me, thank you. I recive your request on June 18, it's your b'day, isn't it? So .. Happy b'day for you, wish U always in happiness ..

Best wishes ..

Marts  (Thinker) Nice to meet you Philip
Thanks for the request!!

message 12: by Raditya

Raditya Thanks for the friend invite Philip.
Such a modest men from Britain, you look so wise with that beard.
Very nice to know you father.
What a great experiences, nobler y.

message 11: by Ed

Ed Thanks for the friends invite, Philip. Best for your books. Have a great week.


message 10: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Philip.
Your books look fascinating and I will definitely be checking a few out. I spent a bit of time in the Middle East myself (Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain) but never Africa south of the Sahara - yet!
Thanks for the "add" as they say on Myspace and talk soon.

message 9: by Beth

Beth Hi Philip,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author!

message 8: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Philip!

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message 7: by Sanaz

Sanaz hi philip Thanks for the friend invite.

message 6: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Philip,

How are you? Thank you for being my friend.

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: “Happy & Brainy Group” and “To the Glory of Man”.

Have a wonderful day. Best regards.

The Book Posh Thanks for the friend invite! More books for me to read and learn from. So many books, so little time...

message 4: by maria

maria Hey there,Philip
Thank you for add me as your friend.
It`s my honor to be in your friends list.
Best regards

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hello there young man! Wow Phillip, what an interesting bio. I'd love for you to visit my web site, I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on… This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand.

Shawnette Hey, Philip...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...Congrats on your novels...wish you much success with your future writings...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...have a blessed weekend...Happy Reading & Writing :-)

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