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Name  Mike Phillips

Role  Writer
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Education  University of Essex, University of London
Books  Windrush, A Shadow of Myself, The Name You Once Gave Me, London Crossings: A Biograp, An image to die for

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Michael Angus "Mike" Phillips, OBE (born 8 August 1941), is a British writer and broadcast journalist of Guyanese descent.


Early years

Phillips was born in Georgetown, a port city in the equatorial colony British Guiana. The family migrated to Islington in 1956 when he was about 14. He was educated at the University of London (English), the University of Essex (Politics), and received a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Goldsmiths College, London.


Phillips worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcaster between 1972 and 1983, then became a lecturer in media studies at the University of Westminster. In 1992 he became a full-time writer. He has said, "One of the experiences that made me a writer was the realisation that I was written out of a small piece of literary history in the film Prick Up Your Ears, the biography of controversial playwright Joe Orton, author of Entertaining Mr Sloane. Orton and his friend Kenneth Halliwell were frequent visitors to Essex Road Library where I worked as a library assistant. I regularly spoke to them and didn't know that they were defacing the books, an act that eventually put them in jail. When the scene was depicted on film I felt I should have been included, and realised that you can't rely on others to write your story, sometimes you have to do it yourself."

Phillips is best known for his crime fiction, including four novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989; serialised on BBC TV starring Brian Bovell), The Late Candidate (1990), Point of Darkness (1994), An Image to Die For (1995). He is also the author of London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001), a series of interlinked autobiographical essays and stories. With his brother, the political journalist Trevor Phillips, he wrote Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998) to accompany a BBC television series.

He writes for The Guardian newspaper, and was formerly cross-cultural curator at the Tate and a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Awards and honours

  • 1990 – Silver Dagger award by the Crime Writers' Association for The Late Candidate
  • 1996 – Arts Foundation Award for Thriller Writing
  • 2007 – OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours List
  • Fiction

  • Smell of the Coast and Other Stories (1987). London: Akira Press.
  • Boys 'n' the Hood (1991). London: Pan.
  • The Dancing Face (1997). London and New York: HarperCollins.
  • A Shadow of Myself (2000). New York: HarperCollins.
  • Kind of Union (2005). London: Continuum.
  • Sam Dean series

  • Blood Rights (1989). London: Michael Joseph; New York: St. Martin's Press. (Adapted for BBC TV in 1989; starring Brian Bovell)
  • The Late Candidate (1990). London: Michael Joseph; New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • Point of Darkness: A Sam Dean Mystery (1994). London: Michael Joseph, 1994; New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • An Image to Die For (1997). New York, St. Martin's Press.
  • Non-fiction

  • Community Work and Racism (1982). London: Routledge.
  • Notting Hill in the Sixties (1991); text, with photography by Charlie Phillips. London: Lawrence & Wishart.
  • Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (with Trevor Phillips). London: HarperCollins, 1998. ISBN 0-00-255909-9.
  • London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain. London: Continuum, 2001.
  • References

    Mike Phillips (writer) Wikipedia

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