Philip Hoare (born 1958, Southampton) is the author of six works of non-fiction: Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant (1990) and Noel Coward: A Biography (1995), Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the First World War (1997), Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital (2000), and England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia (2005). Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
His latest book, The Sea Inside, is published by 4th Estate, UK, Melville House, US, & Atico de los Libros, Spain.
An experienced broadcaster and curator, Hoare wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three films for BBC’s Whale Night. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, and Leverhulme Artist-in-residence at The Marine Institute, Plymouth University, which awarded him an honourary doctorate in 2011.
He is also co-curator, with Angela Cockayne, of the Moby-Dick Big Read, www.mobydickbigread.com
Moby-Dick & the Anthropocene, Sydney, 2014
The Whale, British Council, Berlin, 2015
John Waters on Philip Hoare