As an author of fiction and non-fiction, Philip is fascinated by internal narratives. 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. His non-fiction questions the way in which business management has been taught, with people treated as an inanimate ‘resource’. 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.
A Love of Two Halves: Readers’ and critics’ reactions Philip’s third novel, A Love of Two Halves, published by Unbound, was published in October 2019. SJ Bradley, fiction editor of the Leeds-based literary magazine Strix, said: “PJ Whiteley’s A Love of Two Halves is an uplifting Northern novel that will warm your heart and restore your faith in humanity.” Feedback from serialization on The Pigeonhole has been 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.
Creative writing sessions in Leeds: Philip has begun giving free creative writing courses in Leeds. Eight people attended the first event in May 2019, feedback was positive, and the meetings now take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 18.00-19.30 at Castleton Mill, Castleton Close, Leeds LS12 2DS. https://www.facebook.com/events/551455698712469/
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