This is not me, though I kind of wish it was.
Everyone (except, I am willing to bet, my daughters) has namesakes, but there’s genuine scope for confusion here, as I’ve just discovered. There’s also a young medical writer called Philip Ball. I think someone should book us all to talk on the same platform.
PS Funnily enough, I've just discovered that it goes further. This nice discussion of my appearances at the Edinburgh Book Festival claims to direct the reader to my "surprising" web site - which is probably even more of a surprise when, with a double "l" in my name, it in fact takes you here.