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    • 1.

      La Nucia; your Guide

      by chris rowlands - 2007-06-22
      If you fancy a change from the usual package holiday with its overly large hotels, beach upon beach filled with seemingly endless rows of loungers, shop after shop filled with the usual tourist paraph...
    • 2.

      Advice to aspiring writers.

      by Philip Spires - 2007-08-29
      A speech at the awards ceremony for the Libros International Children's Writing Competition. 20 July 2007Like the students who entered this competition, I started writing when I was quite young...
    • 3.

      A reflection on Saville by David Storey

      by Philip Spires - 2007-08-29
      Saville won the Booker Prize in 1976. In such a vast novel it is inevitable that the pace will occasionally quicken and slacken, but a book like this can be read over weeks, almost dipped into a...
    • 4.

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

      by Philip Spires - 2007-08-29
      Just occasionally - in fact pretty rarely these days - something utterly surprising emerges from an evening in a concert hall. Almost forty years into an interest in music which has focused on e...
    • 5.

      Reflections on a pair of novels, Losing Nelson and England, England and a couple of trips to Chester

      by Philip Spires - 2007-08-29
      This is not a review of Losing Nelson or England, England, or a record of visits to Chester. As the title claims, it's a reflection, a few observations on culture and identity seen through Engli...
    • 6.

      An orchestral concert 14 July 2007, La Nucia, Spain

      by Philip Spires - 2007-09-07
      Festival - Nits de la Mediterrania, La NuciaTwentieth Century BalletsThe final concert of the inaugural La Nucia arts festival took place last night. Starting at 10:30pm, it was staged in the to...
    • 7.

      Philip Spires reviews Restless by William Boyd

      by Philip Spires - 2007-09-07
      In offering a review of a novel by William Boyd I could certainly be accused of bias. I would proudly plead guilty, since I regard him as one of just four or five British writers who are capable...
    • 8.

      Mission - Some extracts from the novel

      by Philip Spires - 2007-08-29
      The title of Mission's first chapter is Michael. Here is how it starts ...Enter Michael, dishevelled and panting. His movements are hurried, agitated and anxious. The kitchen door creaks on its ...
    • 9.

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

      by Philip Spires - 2007-09-07
      It is not often that a novel comes to hand that has been prized, praised and pre-inflated. Half of a Yellow Sun was in that category when I opened it and began to read. And I was captivated imme...
    • 10.

      Philip Spires reviews Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

      by Philip Spires - 2007-09-07
      George Edalji (that's Ay-dal-ji, by the way, since Parsee names are always stressed on the first syllable) is the son of a Staffordshire vicar of Indian origin and his Scottish wife. George is t...