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philipspires

Location: La Nucia, Alicante, Spain

Member Since: August 2008

Last online: June 2016

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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.

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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