As we grow up, we form a view of the world, based on the stories we’re exposed to, and the experiences we go through. We try to make sense of ourselves, and our roles – as worker or manager or family member or lover – based on these narratives. Sometimes, they make sense, but sometimes they’re limiting, or even destructive.

We hear them in our minds, in our quietest moments: ‘You must work in a large corporation.’ Or: ‘You should never do so, it’s selling out!’. Or: ‘I’m not cut out to be a leader/husband/wife.’ Philip’s writing work centres on whether we are able to become aware of these scripts, and challenge them if necessary.

His non-fiction rests on the observation that the way in which business management has been taught, with people treated as as ‘resources’, is both nonsensical and dehumanizing. 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.

News on the new novel – and how to support it: Philip has signed with Unbound, publisher of Tibor Fischer, Andy Hamilton and many more, for his third novel The Rooms We Never Enter. It is being crowdfunded. For information on how to support this project, go to: https://unbound.com/books/rooms-we-never-enter/ `

Announcement April 2018: Philip has hired Gemma Pettman, of Gemma Pettman PR, to be his agent and publicist. He’s been impressed with Gemma’s work for the Margate Book Festival, and now wants to work with her to boost his profile at literary events and in the media, beginning with Philip’s appearance in Margate on 5th May. www.margatebookie/programme

Photo: Ben Bowles, http://www.benjaminfilmphotography.co.uk/