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
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
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- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises