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.
26 October 2012 05:24 PM
Why do we wait for American approval before celebrating our homegrown triumphs?
Nick Griffin and the B&B that refused a gay couple: Stay out of hospitality if you won’t serve everyone
19 October 2012 06:30 PM
The BNP use of the term "privacy" is an attempt to twist a proper value to improper ends. Particular personal beliefs are, in practice, incompatible with particular jobs
12 October 2012 06:49 PM
Lord Carey's reference to the Third Reich in the context of gay marriage was a fabulous example of Godwin's law
05 October 2012 05:41 PM
Pop music is made for a particular time and moment, extending its life-span indefinitely only crowds the market and diminishes the original listening experience
28 September 2012 05:58 PM
Notebook: How The Casual Vacancy could change publishing and why, thanks to Channel 4, we need a respectable new name for MDMA
21 September 2012 06:00 PM
Selling off Greek state property is a desperate measure that isn't going to meet debtor's demands or solve the country's terrible problems
14 September 2012 06:30 PM
Was Richard III a graceful king or malevolent hunchback? As archaeologists dig up what might be his remains, we are moving closer to the truth.
07 September 2012 06:30 PM
Kids don't think reading is cool and only three in ten read on their own initiative. But who wants to be "cool" anyway?
31 August 2012 08:00 PM
Handwriting is so bound in with our humanity that to lose it would be to lose many valuable things
24 August 2012 08:00 PM
One of the interesting things about the past week, as GCSE and A-level grades fell for the first time in more than two decades, was hearing outraged commentators saying that educational attainment shouldn't be subject to political manipulation. I quite agree. But what the hell do they think has been happening over the past quarter of a century?
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
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- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?
- 4 California man Christopher Viatafa surrenders to police after googling own name and discovering himself listed as ‘most wanted’
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers