Mike Phillips (writer)

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Mike Phillips, OBE, (born 1942[1]) is a British writer and broadcaster of Guyanese descent.

Biography[edit]

Phillips was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1942, and emigrated 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:[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

Books[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • 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.

Non-fiction[edit]

  • 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.

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