Philip Hensher was born in 1965 and has written for The Independent and been art critic for The Spectator.
His novels include Other Lulus (1994), Kitchen Venom (1996), Pleasured (1998), The Mulberry Empire (2002), The Fit (2004), and The Northern Clemency (2008), and King of the Badgers (2011). In 2003, he was voted a Granta Best of Young British novelist. Hensher also wrote the libretto for Thomas Ades’s opera, Powder Her Face in 1995.
Since 2005 Hensher has taught creative writing at the University of Exeter. He has edited new editions of numerous classic works of English Literature, such as those by Charles Dickens and Nancy Mitford.