Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter, Philip Hensher was among Granta 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. The author of six novels, a collection of short stories and an opera libretto, he has won numerous prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award and the Stonewall Journalist of the Year. His 2008 novel, 'The Northern Clemency', was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Prize. A regular presence in the British media, alongside his Wednesday column for The Independent, he writes for The Spectator and Mail on Sunday.
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11 August 2013 05:58 PM
Boycotts are not the answer, said Lord Coe, who pointed out that his attendance at the 1980 Moscow Olympics led, 10 years later, to the fall of the Berlin Wall
26 July 2013 03:24 PM
The audiences for this immense work ought to be disappearing. In fact, they're growing
19 July 2013 03:22 PM
The grandfather of Tulip Siddiq founded Bangladesh. Ms Siddiq's progress in her run for parliament is worth watching carefully
12 July 2013 05:11 PM
PLUS: More Beckett, fewer coffee shops for Reading University
05 July 2013 05:06 PM
The small independent bookshop has been one of the great joys of my life, and its slow disappearance a great sadness
14 June 2013 05:21 PM
Michael Gove's reforms, which will stretch the brightest students, are long overdue
07 June 2013 07:40 PM
Mr Mercer denies taking payment for performance of his parliamentary duties, but is under investigation
31 May 2013 03:57 PM
All languages have their gaps. But how did it take so long for France to catch up with "French kissing"?
24 May 2013 06:35 PM
I confronted one group raising havoc in the Monument to the Murdered Jews
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Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'