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Philip Hensher

Professor

Philip Hensher

Professor Philip Hensher speaking at an event holding a microphone2

Personal statement

I am a novelist and journalist. My books are about a wide variety of subjects, often against a background of historical change, whether at the fall of the Berlin Wall (Pleasured), the First Afghan War (The Mulberry Empire), the war of Bangladesh's independence (Scenes from Early Life) or over a long period of change in recent English history (The Northern Clemency). I am drawn to detailed accounts of the texture of life, and to the rich techniques of realism, as well as to disruptive forms and incomplete gestures more characteristic of contemporary writing.

I am also a journalist, writing regularly for the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Spectator, and occasionally for the Guardian and the Telegraph, among others.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) University of Oxford
  • PhD University of Cambridge.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature from 1999

Teaching specialism

I teach fiction, with a bias towards the techniques of classical realism, but am very open to more experimental and genre approaches.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

The Penguin book of the contemporary British short story
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Hensher, P, ed. (2018) The Penguin book of the contemporary British short story. Penguin, London. ISBN 9780241347461


The friendly ones
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Hensher, P (2018) The friendly ones. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780008175641


Tales of persuasion
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Hensher, P (2016) Tales of persuasion. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780007459636


The Penguin book of the British short story. Volume 2: from P.G. Wodehouse to Zadie Smith
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Hensher, P, ed. (2015) The Penguin book of the British short story. Volume 2: from P.G. Wodehouse to Zadie Smith. Penguin Classics, London. ISBN 9780141396019


The Penguin book of the British short story. Volume 1: from Daniel Defoe to John Buchan
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Hensher, P, ed. (2015) The Penguin book of the British short story. Volume 1: from Daniel Defoe to John Buchan. Penguin Classics, London. ISBN 9780141395999


The emperor waltz
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Hensher, P (2014) The emperor waltz. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 0007459572


The missing ink: the lost art of handwriting and why it still matters
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Hensher, P (2012) The missing ink: the lost art of handwriting and why it still matters. Macmillan, London. ISBN 9780230767126


Scenes from early life
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Hensher, P (2012) Scenes from early life. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780007433704


King of the badgers
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Hensher, P (2011) King of the badgers. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780007301331


The northern clemency
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Hensher, P (2008) The northern clemency. Harper Press, London. ISBN 9780007174805


The fit
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Hensher, P (2004) The fit. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 007174810


The mulberry empire, or, The two virtuous journeys of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan
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Hensher, P (2002) The mulberry empire, or, The two virtuous journeys of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan. Flamingo, London. ISBN 0007112262


The bedroom of the mister's wife
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Hensher, P (1999) The bedroom of the mister's wife. Chatto & Windus, London. ISBN 0701167297


Pleasured
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Hensher, P (1998) Pleasured. Chatto & Windus, London. ISBN 0701167289


Kitchen venom
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Hensher, P (1996) Kitchen venom. Hamish Hamilton, London. ISBN 0007152426


Powder her face, op.14: an opera in two acts
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Hensher, P and Ades, T (1995) Powder her face, op.14: an opera in two acts. Faber Music, London. ISBN 0571516114


Other Lulus
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Hensher, P (1994) Other Lulus. Hamish Hamilton, London. ISBN 0241001919


General introduction
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Hensher, P (2015) 'General introduction.' In: Hensher, P, ed. The Penguin book of the British short story. Volume 1: from Daniel Defoe to John Buchan. Penguin Classics, xi-xxxvi. ISBN 9780141395999 & 9780141396019


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