Philip Hoare is the author of eight works of non-fiction, including biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noël Coward, and the studies, WILDE’S LAST STAND and ENGLAND’S LOST EDEN. SPIKE ISLAND: THE MEMORY OF A MILITARY HOSPITAL was chosen by W.G. Sebald as his book of the year for 2001. In 2009, LEVIATHAN OR, THE WHALE won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. It was followed in 2013 by THE SEA INSIDE. His new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR (4th Estate/University of Chicago Press/Atico de los Libros) has been acclaimed by The Observer as ‘a masterpiece’ and was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’.
An experienced broadcaster, curator and filmmaker, Philip wrote and presented the BBC 2 film The Hunt for Moby-Dick and directed three films for BBC 4’s Whale Night. In 2017 he curated The Tale, a major arts event for Torbay, involving 27 international artists and performers. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. He is also co-curator, with Angela Cockayne, of the Moby-Dick Big Read, www.mobydickbigread.com, a free online version of Herman Melville’s book read by Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Fry, John Waters, Sir David Attenborough and many others. It has received 5 million hits to date.