Now I wasn’t taking on anything new because I’m inundated and have another blog post today, but when Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources asked me if I’d like to participate in the cover reveal for lovely Elaine Spires’ new book The Banjo: Book Two I had to say yes.
It’s a while since I featured Elaine’s Single All the Way here and she wrote me a fabulous guest post about writing what you know when I very first began blogging that I was delighted to feature here. I’ve never forgotten that kindness in putting her trust in a new blogger.
So, let’s see what Elaine’s The Banjo: Book Two is all about:
The Banjo: Book Two
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.
In the meantime, you might also like to read the first book in the series:
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.
“A beautiful book which shows a realistic, entertaining view of working-class life in post-war Britain.”
The Banjo is available for purchase here.
About Elaine Spires
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, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.
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.