#Coverreveal: The Banjo, Book Two by Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter @rararesources #ABanjoIsADagenhamThing #TheBanjo2

By | July 13, 2020

I’m delighted today to be helping reveal the rather lovely cover of the forthcoming book from Elaine Spires, The Banjo, Book Two: due to be published on 21st August, it’s now available for kindle pre-order via Amazon in the UK and US. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation and support.

A rather less exotic location this time than some of the places Elaine visited with her Singles series – instead, a cul-de-sac in Dagenham! I do remember welcoming Elaine as my guest way back in 2016 when The Banjo, Book One was published – if you’d like to know a little more about the banjos (emphatically not the musical instruments!), you’ll find that post here. And this time, we’re moving forward in time to the 70s and early 80s…

The 1970s. Zany fashions brought the Decade That Taste Forgot. Change is in the air. Decimal currency; the Common Market; widespread strikes; the Winter of Discontent; IRA bombings; the sale of Council houses and quickie divorces make their mark on the whole country including the community of the Banjo.


The eight households who live in Cromwell Close experience births, deaths, marriages, shocks and surprises but as the 70s become the 80s and beyond Dagenham undergoes great transformation. The once close-knit Community is changing.

I rather like the look of this one – you might just be seeing a review later!

About the author

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, capturing the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.

Elaine has now written two books of short stories, three novellas and nine novels, six of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The WaySingles At SeaSingles, Set and Match and The Single Best Thing. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building was staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019.  

Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

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