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Professor Philip Hoare 

Professorial Fellow

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Professor Philip Hoare is a Professorial Fellow in English at the University of Southampton.

Professor Philip Hoare was born and brought up in Southampton, where he still lives.  He is the author of seven works of non-fiction, including biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noel Coward, Wilde's Last Stand, Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital, England's Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia, and Leviathan Or, The Whale, which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize, 2009.  His new book, The Sea Inside, was 'Book of the Week' in the Guardian, The Times, and the Mail on Sunday, and was serialised on BBC Radio 4, August 2013.  He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton.  His work for the BBC includes Travels with Pevsner: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Arena: The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and Philip Hoare's Guide to Whales.  He is also co-curator of the Moby Dick Big Read, a free, online rendition of Melville's novel, with readings by Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, David Attenborough, Fiona Shaw, Simon Callow, John Waters and David Cameron, amongst others.

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