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 a straightforward observation: that the way in which business management has been taught, with a script of people as ‘resources’, is nonsensical as well as 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.