child abuse

Secrets of an abused aristocratic childhood

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Charles Duff’s memoir tells a sad tale of cruelty and betrayal with spry wit rather than bitter resentment. Notwithstanding the…

A murderous business: sexual trauma and child abuse

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Just over halfway through this grim and gripping book, the author describes herself and her girlfriend ‘lying on my bed…

Thomas Keneally: writing the wrongs of the Catholic church

10 June 2017 9:00 am

This may seem an odd thing to say about a writer who’s been officially declared a National Living Treasure in…

Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo attends the Hay Festival on May 29, 2011 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

Being born a girl in modern China is the worst thing in the world

6 May 2017 9:00 am

She was a foundling in her own family, shunted to adoptive parents for two years, then to the edge of…

A portrait of group delusion: BBC1’s The Moorside reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

With the Shannon Matthews story, it’s not easy to accentuate the positive — but BBC1’s The Moorside (Tuesday) is having…

The children looked like a cross between the Von Trapps and the aliens in The Midwich Cuckoos

How to become a successful cult leader: offer love, and then withdraw it

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When I was 22 I met a man called Yisrayl Hawkins who said his coming had been prophesied in the…

The short story is enjoying a powerful renaissance

3 September 2016 9:00 am

A short-story renaissance has been promised since 2013. That year Alice Munro won the Nobel, Lydia Davis won the Booker…

‘Mandatory reporting’ of suspected child abuse is a mad, bad idea

25 June 2016 8:00 am

‘Mandatory reporting’ of suspected crimes against children is a mad, bad idea

George Bell in his study at Chichester Palace in 1943

George Bell: witness to the truth

2 April 2016 9:00 am

George Bell (1883–1958) was, in many respects, a typical Anglican prelate of his era. He went to Westminster and Christ…

Hitting rock bottom in LA

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The title of this book tells you a lot. Jack Sutherland, who grew up in London and Los Angeles, worked…

Left to right: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery

A worthy film that just doesn't fly: Spotlight reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like The Revenant and The Big Short, Spotlight is yet another Oscar contender ‘based on true events’ — although it…

Fair, just, brave: George Bell, Bishop of Chichester 1929–1958

The Church of England’s shameful betrayal of bishop George Bell

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The Church of England has rushed to posthumously condemn one of the greatest men it has produced

Edward Heath conducting the annual carol concert at the Grand Ballroom, Broadstairs, Kent in 1963. (Photo: Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty)

Edward Heath and a very modern witch-hunt

8 August 2015 9:00 am

There was a grim inevitability that the name Edward Heath would one day be trawled up in connection with allegations…

Sound and fury — the pianist James Rhodes is very angry indeed

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Ours is the era of everybody’s autobiography. Bookshops groan with misery-lit memoirs — Never Let Me Go, Dysfunction Without Tears…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…