As an author of fiction and non-fiction, Philip is fascinated by the stories that we tell ourselves, both at home and at work. We try to make sense of ourselves, and our roles – as worker or manager or family member – based on these narratives. His non-fiction questions the way in which business management has been taught, with people treated as an inanimate ‘resource’. Since the publication of New Normal Radical Shift in 2013, his work has also covered wider issues of business ethics and sustainability.
His novels, for which he is starting to receive top-level critical acclaim, depict people in every-day situations, where the narratives they tell themselves just don’t work for them anymore. Philip’s third novel, A Love of Two Halves, was published by Unbound in October 2019. Feedback from serialization on The Pigeonhole was glowing, with one reader commenting at the half-way point: “If I had this book in my hands it would be read by now. I’m really, really enjoying this.” Several readers on the PJ Whiteley Facebook author page have declared that they “absolutely love” the romantic and funny tale of Karen and George. He is in discussions about a potential dramatization of the book.
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