Philip has been a professional writer since summer 1988, when he began as a trainee reporter for the trade magazine Printing World, a role he loved. Having earlier tried to become a professional cricketer, then struggled respectively with engineering and social work, he finally discovered a passion and flair for writing. An eclectic career followed, that took him to forests of southern Chile, health clinics in Nicaragua and community care in the UK.
Since 1997 his journalism, and latterly non-fiction publications, have focused on the world of work, as he became intrigued by the gap between the evidence for enlightened workplaces, and the dismal reality of most offices and factories. His work encourages the dissemination of this evidence so that employers can treat their workers and the environment better while actually enhancing business performance. His most recent polemic is New Normal Radical Shift, co-authored with Neela Bettridge and published by Gower (now Routledge) in 2013. The ground-breaking article Your Company Doesn’t Exist – the People Who Work in it Do, co-authored with Dr Jules Goddard, was published in May 2017 in the London Business School Review.
Taking a break from reform of business management, he likes to pen romantic comedies, beginning with Close of Play (Urbane Publications April 2015), which received an enthusiastic reception from readers and critics. Marching on Together, published 2017, received a cover quote from legendary author Louis de Bernières, while book blogger Jo Worgan wrote in her review: ‘I loved this book … Marching on Together is … so much more than football. It’s about family, friendship, loyalty and an epic journey.’
In his fiction, Philip strives for clarity and profundity, humour and reflection, in contemporary dramas that include romance, events, and some sport, as well as opportunities for characters to reshape their understanding of the world.
He was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1962, but attended schools in different parts of the UK; in Wiltshire, North Yorkshire and Kent. He has lived in London and the Netherlands, and spent a year in South and Central America in the 1990s, where he learned Spanish to a high standard. In 2018 he returned to Yorkshire, and now lives in central Leeds.
Some of his favourite writers are Javier Marías, George Orwell, Albert Camus, Norman Lewis, Iris Murdoch, David Lodge, Charlotte Brontë, Gabriel García Márquez, Donna Tartt, Louis de Bernières, Manuel Puig, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Joan Armatrading.