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.
02 November 2012 05:37 PM
Hurricane Sandy has shown New York a glimpse of life without water or power - and it's split the city in two.
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
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
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