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.
17 May 2013 05:33 PM
What drove these men was deracination: a detachment from one culture, and a failure to attach or understand another. They believed they could get away with it
10 May 2013 06:22 PM
What these findings really indicate is how much education – and the testing of achievement – has been run by institutions for the benefit of institutions
03 May 2013 03:58 PM
The Pakistani army tried to cripple the new nation by murdering those who might become leaders
26 April 2013 06:14 PM
It makes money; it develops projects; it creates high earners, as well as employing large numbers of dedicated people who work for almost nothing
19 April 2013 07:42 PM
I take my hat off to the lottery winners who decided to splash their cash around
12 April 2013 04:13 PM
We have come a long way since days when nobody would buy a girl band's records
05 April 2013 04:39 PM
Museums are about more than plunging you into a holistic version of the past
29 March 2013 06:47 PM
Music has been affected by a political conspiracy that assumes that the creative arts are just for the rich or the posh
22 March 2013 07:31 PM
Plus: If an Ivon Hitchens painting can fetch a six-figure sum, the long-expected crash in the value of art looks a long way off
15 March 2013 05:00 PM
Opera is an extraordinary thing, and its triumphs rest, like no other art form, on the physical and musical capacities of very rare individuals
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
- 1 I was raped by another man. And now the Government wants to take away the one thing that saved my life
- 2 Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
- 3 Priest warns pupils the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' is 'demonic activity'
- 4 Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises