Philip Hoare’s books include Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant and Noël Coward: A Biography; Wilde’s Last Stand, Spike Island, and England’s Lost Eden. Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize and is published in the UK, US, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and China. It was followed by The Sea Inside (2013) and RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR (2017).
His latest book, Albert & the Whale, is published by 4th Estate in the UK, Pegasus Books in US, Ático do los Libros in Spain and Il Saggiatore in Italy.
Philip wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three short films for BBC’s Whale Night. He is co-curator of the Moby-Dick and Ancient Mariner ‘Big Reads’, and is professor of creative writing at the University of Southampton.
3 am: hanging under a hot moon, in an alchemical sea; it could turn me into anything I wanted to be