Philip Hensher: Kitchen Venom



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N that almost imperceptibly increases in tension as the story rogresses Sad that the author lost his job as a Commons Clerk for writing a novel with Commons Clerks in it but maybe a good thing for literature Probably means the story is a bit too close to the bone for som. Holic Here he is on Thatcher When she walked she seemed to extinguish a cigarette beneath every ace; in her walk it could be seen that she was in the right' Observer 'Incisive characterisation first class dialogue Set amid the wigs and gowns of arliamentary officialdom Philip Hensher's second novel exposes the hidden tensions in apparently banal lives' Sunday Telegra.

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Clever writing but characters actions and motives were not credible Funny in laces but overall a disappointment I honestly have no idea what I thought of this book There was middle class family stuff going on There was house of arliament stuff going on I never knew or. WINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD 1997 A stunning novel of The Princess and the Three Knights political life betrayal andassion which lifts the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster and cost Hensher his job as a House of Commons clerk 'At the centre of this book is John a distinguished widower with a hump two daughters and an important job in the House of Commons He also has a fondness for vis.

Had any emotions about the characters But I feel I ve missed something vital Not sure what though And I can t say I didn t like it Enjoyed this The Beauty of Believing politicalfamily drama for its sly humour its revelations about the banality of life in Westminster and because of the slow bur. Iting rent boys in the afternoons and aassion for secrecy Sharp and funny a beautifully Sticky Church polishederformance' Times Literary Supplement 'Sex olitics and death are the classic themes of Hensher's original novel Set in Parliament at the time of the fall of Margaret Thatcher it follows the disintegration of the family of a Commons clerk Hensher is both sharp and melanc.

2005 he 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 and Hensher served as a judge for the Booker Prize From 2013 he will hold the post of Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University3Since 2000 Philip Hensher has been listed as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in Britain4 and in 2003 as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists1In 2008 Hensher's semi autobiographical novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize In 2012 Hensher won first prize German Travel Writers Award and is shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize He also won the Stonewall Prize for the Journalist of the Year in 2007 and The Somerset Maugham Award for his novel Kitchen Venom in 1996 He wrote the libretto for Thomas Adès' 1995 opera Powder Her Face This has been his only musical collaboration to dateHis early writings have been characterized as having an ironic knowing distance from their characters and icily precise skewerings of pretension and hypocrisy1 His historical novel The Mulberry Empire echos with the rhythm and language of folk tales while playing games with narrative forms1He is married to Zaved Mahmood a human rights lawyer at the United NationsYou can find out about Philip on his author page at 4th Estate Books