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 questions the way in which business management has been taught, with people treated as an inanimate ‘resource’; the behavioural reality is that people create and continually reshape the business, they are not a mere sub-division of it. 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: Philip reaches target! In November 2017, Philip signed with Unbound, publisher of Tibor Fischer, Andy Hamilton and many more, for his third novel The Rooms We Never Enter, on a crowdfunded model. On 28 February 2019, he reached target. The book is due for publication late 2019, with launch events being planned for Leeds and London. For information, go to: https://unbound.com/books/rooms-we-never-enter/ `
Announcement: Philip will host a literary event in central Leeds on Thursday 16th May. The Northern Writers Minifest takes place at the Crowd of Favours pub. It’s free! To be sure of your place, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y34athnr.
He’s also due to appear once more at the Margate Bookie in Kent, later in the year, details TBC.