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.
24 January 2013 12:00 AM
Our writer suffered threats of violence and sustained abuse after writing about disability benefits. Here he reflects on the phenomenon of online hate campaigns
18 January 2013 05:33 PM
If a proper assessment by professionals could be carried out – not a questionnaire, just a doctor’s sense of the possible – then we might have fewer tragedies
11 January 2013 05:20 PM
Plus: The £25 view from the Shard’s highest levels tells a fraction of the capital’s story
31 December 2012 04:57 PM
In an increasingly crowded book market, this list of Who will be Who matters to readers because, on the whole, it has got things right.
21 December 2012 06:16 PM
The question has grown much more heated with the advent of the internet
14 December 2012 06:19 PM
The high street has been changing for a long time, but it's not too late to appreciate it again.
07 December 2012 06:57 PM
Plus: Why all the fuss about the Picturehouse buyout when our rich tapestry of cinemas is in tatters?
30 November 2012 06:19 PM
We like to think of ourselves as intensely engaged with history. If that's true, what happened to the British drama of political life? Also, the imperial legacy to gays
23 November 2012 07:08 PM
One student from England has already enrolled in an Indian university - and you can bet that many more will follow in future
09 November 2012 06:40 PM
The most extraordinary innovations in music may never be to the taste of millions, but they are nonetheless part of our collective imagination
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 5 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'