Philip Hensher is a columnist for the Independent, arts critic for the Spectator and a Granta Best of Young British novelist. He has written eight novels, including `The Mulberry Empire' and the Booker-shortlisted `The Northern Clemency', and one collection of short stories. He lives in South London.
`A novel that is always a joy to read ... Read it and allow yourself to become a better person' Independent `Important ... Glorious ... He might have the iconoclastic temperament of a Kandinsky, but he is an old master when he glimpses the cat asleep under the table or the curve of a woman's neck' The Times `A glittering performance ... "The Emperor Waltz" has the depth and pleasurable density of a 19th-century fiction; I loved it' Ian Thomson, Evening Standard `Splendidly thought out and extraordinarily readable' A S Byatt, Guardian 'A generous, courageous firework of a novel - a Roman candle, alive and fizzing in the hand' New Statesman `A book as joyful as its musical source ... "The Emperor Waltz" is a beautiful book, both profound and funny. It is a powerful invocation to live a life of joy, surrounded by true friends' Telegraph