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'It began with the memory of a playground game': Philip Hensher on writing The Northern Clemency
Years of thinking about school and childhood brought forth forgotten details that the author eventually spun into his epic portrait of life in Sheffield

Philip Hensher

06, Jun, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Elizabeth Cook obituary
Other lives: Music teacher who inspired generations of students at Tapton secondary school

Philip Hensher

24, Feb, 2020 @5:32 PM

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Christmas book clinic special – our experts’ gift ideas
From medical memoirs to bittersweet romance, short stories to gay histories, our panel offer their recommendations

Emma Donoghue, Andrew Rawnsley, Jasbinder Bilan, Kit de Waal, Kate Clanchy, Konnie Huq, Petina Gappah, Philip Hensher, Eoin Colfer, Louise Doughty, Rachel Clarke, Charles Foster

07, Dec, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Book clinic: what’s likely to impress an English literature admissions tutor?
Philip Hensher suggests some great novelists, from GK Chesterton to VS Naipaul, who aren’t on the curriculum

Philip Hensher

02, Feb, 2019 @5:59 PM

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Book clinic: what are the best English gothic tales from the north?
The north is a good fit for gothic, inspiring the dark brilliance of Ted Hughes, Susan Hill and Fiona Mozley

Philip Hensher

27, Oct, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Philip Hensher on Sheffield: ‘The discovery of difference turned me into a writer’
The novelist on moving to a new and mysterious environment at the age of nine

Philip Hensher

24, Feb, 2018 @12:00 PM

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You may confer: test your knowledge of literature, music and art – Christmas quiz
What food did Samuel Pepys bury in his backyard? Which dystopian novelist had a ‘hopeless’ love affair with cricket? And how many words did Enid Blyton write per day?

Questions set by Kathryn Hughes, Lynne Truss, Robert Macfarlane, Philip Hensher, Jonathan Jones, Linda Grant, Lucy Mangan, DJ Taylor and Charlotte Higgins

23, Dec, 2017 @8:00 AM

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'If only I'd been warned!' - writers choose books to give to their younger selves
Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Tessa Hadley, David Nicholls and others choose reading matter that would have been useful when young

Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, David Nicholls, William Boyd, Tessa Hadley, Aminatta Forna, John Banville, Maggie O'Farrell, Philip Hensher, Nicola Barker, Charlotte Mendelson, Julie Myerson, Blake Morrison

02, Dec, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Howards End on TV: life would be worse for a modern-day Leonard Bast
As the classic novel comes to the BBC, Philip Hensher asks: does EM Forster’s book still speak to us? (Answer: you bet it does)

Philip Hensher

11, Nov, 2017 @12:00 PM

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How the straight majority still silences gay people | Philip Hensher
Gays and lesbians are being corralled behind new social barriers, says novelist and critic Philip Hensher

Philip Hensher

21, Jul, 2017 @6:00 PM

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Have we lost our Eurovision? What the contest means in today's Europe
Utopian, eclectic and eccentric, the song contest was set up to unite cultures.
Can it survive the rise in nationalism – and how will Brexit Britain’s entry
be received?

Philip Hensher

09, May, 2017 @4:51 PM

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Why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit
Embraced by the Nazis, Wagner’s operatic masterpiece has long been shrouded in controversy. Its debate about cultural unity is now more relevant than ever

Philip Hensher

24, Feb, 2017 @2:00 PM

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