Melanie Phillips Biography
Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, author, and public commentator. She began on the left of the political spectrum, writing for The Guardian and New Statesman. During the 1990s, she came to identify with ideas more associated with the right. She currently writes for The Times, The Jerusalem Post, and The Jewish Chronicle.
She covers political and social issues from a social conservative perspective. Quoting Irving Kristol, Phillips defines herself as a liberal who has “been mugged by reality”. She has appeared as a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Moral Maze. She has also appeared on BBC One’s Question Time.
In 1996, Melanie Phillips was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism. During this time, she was writing for The Observer. She has written very many books. Phillips trained as a journalist on the Evening Echo, as her probationary period in the provinces. During that time she won the Young Journalist of the Year award in 1976.
Later on, she spent a short period at the New Society magazine, before joining The Guardian newspaper in 1977. She became its social services correspondent and social policy lead writer. In 1984, she was named as the paper’s news editor. She begun her own opinion column three years later.
As a writer for The Guardian in 1982, Melanie Phillips, defended the Labour Party at the time of the split with the Social Democratic Party. Phillips was persuaded to write a play called Traitors by Julia Pascal, while working for The Guardian. It was performed at the Drill Hall from January 1986. The play was set at the time of the 1982 Lebanon War.
It centered around the moral dilemmas of a Jewish journalist who as political editor of a liberal magazine has to decide whether to veto an article written in anti-semitic tones. The journalist also had to decide whether she is right to publish a leaked document about the Falklands War.
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Melanie Phillips left The Guardian in 1993, saying that her relationship with the paper and its readers had become “like a really horrific family argument” Since 2003, she has written a blog, once hosted by The Spectator. The blog is now hosted on her own website after a disagreement and her resignation from the magazine in June 2011.
In 2013, Melanie Phillips launched an e-book publishing company called emBooks, to promote her book, together with several others, and self-promotional merchandise to the US market. She currently writes for The Times.
Melanie Phillips Age
Phillips was born in Hammersmith, London, England. She was born on 4th June 1951. Her current age is 68 years old as of 2019.
Melanie Phillips Net Worth
Melanie has been in the journalism industry for a very long time. She a great writer and a blogger She has made a huge fortune from her career. Her net worth is currently under review. It is however estimated that she has a net worth of between $1 million and $10 million.
Melanie Phillips Husband
Phillips is married to her husband Joshua Rozenberg. Joshua is a former legal affairs editor for the BBC. Details about their wedding still remain unknown. It is also not known how the two met each other. They have two children. The family is happily living together.
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- The Divided House: Women at Westminster, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1980.
- Doctors’ Dilemmas: Medical Ethics and Contemporary Science by Melanie Phillips & John Dawson, Harvester Press, 1985.
- All Must Have Prizes, Warner, 1998.
- The Sex-Change Society: Feminised Britain and the Neutered Male, Social Market Foundation, 1999.
- America’s Social Revolution, Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society, 2001.
- The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement and the Ideas Behind it, Little, Brown, 2003.
- Londonistan: How Britain Is Creating a Terror State Within, Gibson Square Books Ltd, 2006.
- The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle Over God, Truth and Power, New York, Encounter Books, 2010.
- Guardian Angel: My Story, My Britain, emBooks, 1 edition (1 May 2013).
- The Legacy (novel), Bombardier Books, 2018.
- Guardian Angel; My Journey from Leftism to Sanity, Bombardier Books, 2018.
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Melanie Phillips Interview
Q: Just to start off, can you talk a little bit about where the idea for “The Legacy” came from?
Melanie Phillips: A number of ideas gradually came together. I think a major prompt was my father’s death in 1998. That left me with a strong sense of “unfinished business”, not the least of which was that there were unexplained mysteries about my family background and early life. It’s often difficult to mourn and grieve properly in those circumstances, and so an important part of the novel was the exploration of that process and the attempt to bring about some kind of resolution.
Melanie Phillips: Some years previously, I had come across someone who had stumbled upon a medieval manuscript and that experience had lodged in my mind. I also read a book which related a particularly shocking story about Holocaust Europe and which made an enormous impression on me. Once I had written my own “medieval manuscript” for the novel, the rest of the story, including the mystery that it represents and the attempt to unravel it, gradually fell into place. And it became obvious to me that the journey being traveled by my central character, Russell, would take him into the territory I know so well: the persistent antisemitism in Britain and the deep ambivalence and discomfort of British Jews with their identity.
Q: You’ve written several other books. Is there a piece of writing advice you’ve learned over the years?
Melanie Phillips: I have written several other books, but this is my first work of fiction and I was daunted at the prospect; it seemed a very different and more exacting challenge. The best advice is to put all that out of your mind and just start writing. Don’t think about the Everest of words you have to scale. Don’t measure every paragraph by some unreachable standard of literary excellence. Just get the words down on the page – because you can always change them! – and keep going.
Q: What, in your opinion, was the most difficult part about writing this particular story?
Melanie Phillips: I had set myself the difficult challenge of writing about different eras – medieval England, Holocaust Europe, contemporary Britain and Israel. I therefore, had to think myself into different voices and mindsets to bring all these characters equally to life.
Q: I’m curious why you decided to make the character of Russell Woolfe a TV producer?
Melanie Phillips: Russell didn’t start out as a TV producer but as a university lecturer. However, as the story of the manuscript took off the plot started to go down a cul-de-sac. I realized that it would make more sense and the plot flow more naturally if Russell was a TV documentary-maker instead. Plus that’s a world I know rather well.
Q: The book covers a lot of historical ground. What kind of research did you have to do before writing anything?
Melanie Phillips: I did a great deal of research for this novel. Although it is a work of fiction, there are two incidents central to the plot which actually took place. I was anxious to represent these as accurately and as fairly as I could. As I have already said, I had previously read a book about one of these incidents. But on the daily life of Jews in medieval times, I had to do a lot of digging because sources were few and far between.
Q: What do you hope readers get out of the book?
Melanie Phillips: I hope Jewish readers recognize their world in it and identify with the emotions and experiences of at least some of the characters. I hope non-Jewish readers learn much about Jews and Judaism, both today and in the past – the beauty and resilience of Jewish experience, as well as the never-ending obscenity and ultimate mystery of antisemitism.
Melanie Phillips: I wanted to prise open the stereotypes and look at what motivates people to behave in certain ways – to get under the skin of both the antisemite and the Jew who despises the Jewish part of himself. I wanted to show that we all have the power to change and to grow and that we all need to know what we are, to anchor ourselves in a cultural identity and to feel we belong.
Melanie Phillips: And I wanted to show that things are often not what they seem to be, that to avoid pain we sometimes live in a world of fantasy including denying our identity; but history lays claim to us regardless, and in one way or another we need to make our peace with it.
Melanie Phillips: I have been enormously touched by people who have read “The Legacy” and who tell me how strongly they identified with it, how they laughed and cried over it and how they couldn’t stop turning the pages. I can’t hope for any better reaction from reading my novel.