Philip Hoare (born Patrick Moore, 1958) is an English writer, especially of history and biography. He instigated the Moby Dick Big Read project. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton and Leverhulme artist-in-residence at the Marine Institute, Plymouth University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011.

Books in order of publication:

Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant (1990).

Noël Coward: A Biography (1995)

Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the First World War (1997)

Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital (2000), the story of Netley Hospital in Southampton

The Ghosts of Netley (2004)

England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia (2005), about Mary Anne Girling and the New Forest Shakers

Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), which won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction

The Whale: In Search Of The Giants Of The Sea (2010)

The Sea Inside (2013)

RisingTideFallingStar (2017)

Albert and the Whale (2021)