Mike Phillips (writer)
Phillips was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and came to Britain as a child in 1956. 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.
He worked for the BBC as a journalist, then became a lecturer in media studies at the University of Westminster. In 1992 Phillips became a full-time writer. He is best known for his crime fiction, including four novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989; serialised on BBC TV), 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, HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-255909-9) to accompany a BBC television series.
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 2007 New Year's Honours List.
- Smell of the Coast and Other Stories (1987). London: Akira Press.
- Blood Rights (1989). London: Michael Joseph; New York: St. Martin's Press.
- The Late Candidate (1990). London: Michael Joseph; New York: St. Martin's Press.
- Boys 'n' the Hood (1991). London: Pan.
- 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.
- The Dancing Face (1997). London and New York: HarperCollins.
- A Shadow of Myself (2000). New York: HarperCollins.
- Kind of Union (2005). London: Continuum.
- 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.
- London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain. London: Continuum, 2001.
- CV at the Contemporary Writers project of British Council
- Mr. Phillips' contributions to the site of British Library
- Book details at twbooks
- Mentioned in Onyekachi Wambu, Black British Literature since Windrush, BBC History, 3 March 2011.