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Philip Hoare’s book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. It was followed in 2013 by The Sea Inside, and in 2017 by RisingTideFallingStar, the third of his sea-themed works. An experienced broadcaster, curator and filmmaker, he is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton and co-curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read project.