Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine's keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine spends her time between her homes in Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).

  • The Banjo, Book One by Elaine Spires

    The Banjo

    It's 1952 and the Whites have been offered a house beyond their wildest dreams on the Heath Park Estate, Dagenham... Find out More

  • Holiday Reads by Elaine Spires

    Holiday Reads 2

    More quirky stories with holiday connections for reading on the plane, on the beach or by the pool..... Find out More

  • Single all the Way by Elaine Spires

    Single all the Way

    Travel Together Tour Manager Eve Mitchell is planning a quiet Christmas at home to rest and relax before a special New Year... Find out More

  • Holiday Reads by Elaine Spires

    Holiday Reads

    Seven women, each with a different holiday problem. Meet, Olivia, Estelle, Shelley, Alison, Eloise and Karla.... Find out More

  • Singles & Spice by Elaine Spires

    Singles & Spice

    A singles' holiday to India's Golden Triangle - Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, tiger-spotting, the noisy, crowded streets of Delhi...

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  • Sweet Lady by Elaine Spires

    Sweet Lady

    When celebrity artist Eleanor West and her daughter Victoria take a winter holiday in Antigua, their lives are changed forever...

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  • What's Eating Me by Elaine Spires

    What's Eating Me

    ...the story of Eileen Holloway, an obese woman; single parent to two difficult teenage boys...

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  • Singles' Holiday Me by Elaine Spires

    Singles' Holiday

    Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm...

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Elaine is the creator of the Caribbean TV drama series Paradise View and is currently working on a new sitcom set in Antigua - the Amazing Adventures of Maisie and Em - in which she will be starring alongside her friend and esteemed local actress, Heather Doram.

Elaine is very proud to have been part of the Women of Antigua movement for the last two years as a writer and performer. She also has a regular holidays and travel spot on Gateway 97.8 at 3pm on the first Monday of every month.

Elaine is an entertaining and informative after-dinner and motivational speaker and eulogist. She is represented by Karen Struel-White.

To book her services please contact Karen Struel-White via email on ksw@kswproductions.com or phone 07850 278368.

Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre

The Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre

Elaine has recently finished her second run in the Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London; her first being at the Gielgud November 2011- April 2012

Right:Above: Fun backstage of the Vaudeville during the Understudy Run, with Carole Dance as Mrs Wilberforce and Ralf Little as Mrs Tromleyton


Novels By Elaine Spires

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What's Eating Me

What's Eating Me, was Elaine's first novel which tells the story of Eileen Holloway, a forty-four year-old mother of two, stroppy, demanding teenage boys. She works hard to give them a good home life while holding down a very stressful full job and keeping her overbearing mother happy. The way she does this is by overeating. And then one day Eileen gets the chance of a lifetime; she is chosen to appear on the reality TV show Barbara’s Beautiful Bodies – a show that promises to change her life for better and for ever...

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Praise for What's Eating Me

"A truly enjoyable read. Entertaining, at times hilariously funny, it describes the difficulties in the life of a big woman who, despite all the obstacles she faces, never gives up. Reading "What's eating me" will make you connect with Eileen, the main character, and - if you are not struggling with weight - you will finally understand that the problem is much bigger than simply dieting and exercising self-control.... A book that makes you laugh and a book that makes you think. Can only recommend it."
- B P

"This is an amazing novel. It really understands the psyche of the binge eater and it's written with real tenderness. There are some laugh-out-loud moments and some sob-sob ones. I can't recommend it enough. Excellent."
- LM

"This book is a great read. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry. The story is so real and believable that many people will identify with it. Who hasn't opened the fridge time and time again hoping that a bar of chocolate will have magically appeared in there? I couldn't put this book down it is a brilliant first novel and is destined to be a success."
- SR

Singles' Holiday

Elaine Spires' second novel was Single's Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they’re single! Some are looking for romance and some for something more... but they've all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. And pretty soon some become great friends, some enemies and some lovers, but it is perhaps their tour leader Eve who has the biggest shock of all. Glorious days on the beach, boozy, balmy nights and a pending tropical storm combine in a story to make you laugh and cry with just the right number of twists to keep you turning the pages as you get to know all the members of the group as they, in turn, get to know each other.

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Praise for Singles' Holiday

"Finished Singles Holiday last week, what a treat, I limited myself to a chapter each day and loved the journey the book took me on, reminded me so much of my holidays and the people I have met. Loved the bunch of singles you put together and how they interacted with each other. Keep up the good work you have a lovely easy reading style that makes your books a joy to read."
- PP (Durham)

"I loved it!"
- CW (Stockport)

"Elaine, just finished your new book. Really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for putting pen to paper, it's been compulsive reading!"
- MM (Durham)

"I loved it from the very first page – very true to life and a cracking good story. I really felt like I was one of the group!"
- PY (Devon)

"What's Eating Me was great – but Singles' Holiday is even better! Two very different stories but both brilliant reads and I never saw the twists coming in either book. Keep them coming, Elaine!"
- HS (Wiltshire)

"Bloody brilliant! I laughed out loud all the way through."
- LM (Glasgow)

"I loved that each chapter was a day of the holiday and so the story unfolded with all the back stories emerging as the week went on. A great book."
- KF (Essex)

Sweet Lady

Elaine Spires' third novel, Sweet Lady, has arrived! When celebrity artist Eleanor West and her daughter Victoria take a winter holiday in Antigua it's with the idea of recharging their batteries before Eleanor's upcoming exhibition. But when beach boy Tyrone walks into their lives, nothing will ever be the same again...

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Praise for Sweet Lady

"A thoroughly enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down. The twist at the end took me by suprise, I did not see that coming. More please."
- LE

"I really enjoyed this book, lots of twists and turns from the outset.It challenges your attitudes towards relationships, things are not always what they seem! It made me laugh and it made me cry, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book from Elaine."
- WF

"All three books by Elaine Spires have been so different from each other yet each is equally enjoyable. Although Sweet Lady is shorter than the other two, I don't think she could have fitted in any more twists and turns - and I didn't see any of them coming! Elaine is a master of the unexpected. The characters and dialogue are totally believable. I loved this book and highly recommend it."
- LM

Singles & Spice

A singles' holiday to India's Golden Triangle - Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, tiger-spotting in Ranthambore, the noisy, crowded streets of Delhi - all go to make up a trip that is hot, humid and spicy. Eve Mitchell, Travel Together's tour manager extraordinaire has a couple of familiar faces in her little group of travellers and others that she hasn't met before; sexy man-eating pensioners, a compulsive over-eater, a constant whiner and a man with a personal problem.

And there's a big surprise awaiting someone -and Eve - early one morning. By the end of the tour, which sees our group travelling by coach, rickshaw, train and elephant, she will know rather more about some of their innermost secrets than she'd like. But Eve deals with all the twists and turns the trip throws at her as we come to understand what makes people travel the world with a bunch of complete strangers and appreciate the success that is a singles' holiday...

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Holiday Reads

Holiday Reads

Short stories for your sun-lounger - or wherever! Seven women, each with a different holiday problem. Meet, Olivia, who wishes she wasn't on a tennis holiday; Estelle, alone on a cruise; Fiona who's flying too close for comfort; Shelley, who shouldn't have got involved with a foreigner; Alison who finds our her husband's off on a cruise - but not with her!; Eloise who's having a rotten time in Ibiza and Karla who's desperate for her family holiday in Corfu to go well

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Holiday Reads 2

More quirky stories with holiday connections for reading on the plane, on the beach or by the pool, your back garden on a sunny afternoon or curled up on the sofa if it's raining.

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Single all the Way

Travel Together Tour Manager Eve Mitchell is planning a quiet Christmas at home to rest and relax before a special New Year. But she soon, very unexpectedly, finds herself in the depths of the Essex countryside looking after a singles' group which contains some old, familiar faces and some pleasant - and not so pleasant - new ones. With its country walks, quizzes, disco and black-tie ball, the Christmas and Twixmas Break passes quickly, but just as they think it's all over the plot takes a twist and we learn some dark secrets...

Praise for Single all the Way

"Really enjoyed it. I was sorry to get to the end. You laugh out loud and you need a tissue."
- AL

"A great start to my Christmas reading."
- JB

"The writing is witty with some lively, interesting characters. I had a good giggle reading it and at one point roared out loud."
- WW

"Please don't let this be the last Singles' story!"
- LE

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The Banjo: Book One

It's 1952 and Britain is slowly climbing out of the austerity of the immediate post-war years when Dolly White gets the letter she and her husband Jack have been yearning for: they are going to live in a brand new, five-roomed house on the Heath Park Estate, Dagenham. A home in Cromwell Close is beyond the wildest dreams of the Whites and the other seven families whose fortunes, dramas, losses, dreams and lives we share while they all rub along together in neighbourly harmony in The Banjo...

Praise for The Banjo: Book One

"A beautiful book which shows a realistic, entertaining view of working-class life in post-war Britain."

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Journal Entry:

September 2016

07 Wednesday

Kai Davis in the school office
I have been fortunate and blessed to have met many Wonder Women during my lifetime – indeed I will be introducing lots of them ...

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Hot Holidays

Each week someone very interesting will be telling us all their holiday and travel tips and secrets!

Latest Guest: Kitty French

Today it’s my turn on the Blog Tour for Kitty French’s new book MELODY BITTERSWEET AND THE GIRLS’ GHOSTBUSTING AGENCY, which came out on 14th July. It’s an absolutely hilariou...

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