Philip Hoare is the author of eight works of non-fiction. His book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. It was followed in 2013 by The Sea Inside. His new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, the third of his sea-themed works, is published by Fourth Estate.
An experienced broadcaster, curator and filmmaker, he presented the BBC film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and is a regular contributor to The Guardian. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, UK, and curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read, www.mobydickbigread.com, a free online version of Melville's book which has received 5 million hits to date.