Welcome to The Spike!
I’m Esther and I’m in charge of this pigsty. I’m a journalist and a copywriter and I write The Spike because it’s too much fun not to.
I live in London with my husband Giles and my two kids Kitty, who is 7 and Sam, who is 5. We have a minnow called Jaws – we used to have 4 fish but Jaws ate the other three.
The Spike is about everything; clothes, kids, kids’ clothes, food, kids’ food, contraceptives, holidays, TV, books, you name it – I’ll write about it. It’s called The Spike after the literal spike that used to sit in the corner of newsrooms. Sheets of copy that wasn’t going to be used were “spiked”.
This site has also become a sort of a community project, a safe space if you are kind of strung out and stressed by other people wanting you to be something you’re not. My readers (this means you) are the funniest people on earth. Sometimes I write a post just for the laughs in the comments underneath.
The Spike is funded by affiliate links, the occasional advert and T-Shirt sales.
An affiliate link is a program that brokers a deal between this website and brands – so if you click through a link on this site and buy something there, I will get a small percentage (paid for by the brand, not you).
Not every link is an affiliate link, but you can assume that most are. I don’t get my cut if you return the item, so it’s not in my interests to flog you a load of old shit.
I can’t think of anything else to say and I have to go and get my kids from school now. If you have any questions please email me using the handy contact form provided.