Philip Spires, EzineArticles Diamond AuthorThese are just a few of the pieces I have published. These pieces contain my personal views and reactions and have no relation to any of my professional activities.




Restless by William Boyd - A review by Philip Spires

Mission – Some extracts from the novel by Philip Spires

Jogging with salad

Reflections on a pair of novels and a couple of trips to Chester

UK reports lack of social mobility despite greater access to education

Puss in Boots (El Gato con Botas), an opera by Xavier Montsalvatge

Mission by Philip Spires - a review by Cao Duc Thac

A review of Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

An orchestral concert 14 July 2007, Festival – Nits de la Mediterrania, La Nucia - Twentieth Century Ballets

Something of a disappointment - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Culture of Benidorm

Recent reading - Swift, le Carre, Dawkins, Baverstock

A reflection on Saville by David Storey

A review of Mukiwa by Peter Godwin

A memory of Kyoto

Sukarno, A Political Biography by J. D. Legge: nationalism revisited.

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

A review of The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk

A review of Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov

Up and Down in Toledo, the expected and the surprising

The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser tales by George Bernard Shaw

A Silk Road Trip, or I Gobbed in the Gobi, China,1992, by Philip Spires

A review of A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell

Europe revisited, reinterpreted - The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth

A piano recital by Young-Joo Lee in Palau Altea, Altea, Spain

A review of The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

A review of Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

A review of The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

A review of Going Home by Doris Lessing

Fascination by William Boyd: a virtuoso performance

A review of Disgrace by J M Coetzee

A review of The Waterfall by Margaret Drabble

A note on God Works For Me Now by Jacqueline Blakeway

A note on A Bucket of Ashes, a romantic novel by Jill Lanchbery

A review of A S Byatt’s A Whistling Woman

A review of The Gathering by Anne Enright

Interpretation perfected by presentation – the Berlin Mendelssohn Trio in Palau Altea, Altea, Spain

A review of Unless by Carol Shields

A social climber, our Joe A review of A Room At The Top by John Braine

A review of The Statement by Brian Moore

Masterpiece: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

In our grasp - How new technology is about to democratise publishing

The Partnership by Barry Unsworth

Orchestral concert by Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, La Vila Joiosa, 9 January 2008

The Leningrad Symphony – a personal interpretation of the Symphony No.7 Op.60 Dmitri Shostakovich

Midnight All Day by Hanif Kureishi

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Mission Song by John le Carré

Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge

Life At The Top by John Braine

Emperor by Colin Thubron


July’s People by Nadine Gordimer

Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai

The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin

Willie The Actor by David Barry

The Colonel’s Last Wicket by G V Rama Rao

The Millstone by Margaret Drabble

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz

On The Yankee Station by William Boyd

After These Things by Jenny Diski

A Gun For Sale by Graham Greene

Stamboul Train by Graham Greene

Protesters - a short story

The Hired Hand by Melvyn Bragg

Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene

Cultured Tangos – Astor Piazzolla

Short story: Assessors

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa


A Reflection on the Annals of Ancient Rome - Tacitus


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