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Country: Spain
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Favorite book: Alexandria Quartet
Member Since: Aug 3, 2008

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A Search For Donald Cottee

Novel by philipspires
Posted: Sep 17, 2012
A Search for Donald Cottee is a comic tragedy about...
Tags:humor, holiday, blog, nightclub, quixote, retire, beindorm, people trafficking

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Mission

Book by philipspires
Posted: Oct 1, 2012
Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed...

A Fool's Knot

Novel by philipspires
Posted: Sep 26, 2012
John is an idealist. He turns his back on a successful...

A Search For Donald Cottee

Novel by philipspires
Posted: Sep 17, 2012
A Search for Donald Cottee is a comic tragedy about...

Strangers

Short Story by philipspires
Posted: Aug 3, 2008
Strangers is one of a set of stories loosely based on the...



 

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.

Mission and A Fool’s Knot are African novels set in Kenya. Voyagers is a set of travel stories. 50 Of The Best is a sports book focusing on rugby league and was co-authored with Martin Offiah. The latest, A Search For Donald Cottee, is a humorous look at an internet Quixote who has begun a blogging retirement in Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca after a lifetime as a Yorkshire miner.

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