Paedophilia

Francis Guinan (Fred) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee) in Downstate. Photo: Michael Brosilow

Has Bruce Norris bitten off more than he can chew?

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Bruce Norris is a firefighter among dramatists. He runs towards danger while others sprint in the other direction. His Pulitzer-winning…

It’s shocking how many Michael Jackson fans are still determined to take his side

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Halfway through the first part of Channel 4’s extraordinary documentary Leaving Neverland (Thursdays), I flicked through the comments on social…

How did the same word come to describe the activities of stable lads and sexual predators?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Grooming is a horrible phenomenon of modern life when it happens to abused children. Yet a magazine such as GQ…

Wilfred Owen’s troubling obsession with young boys

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Wilfred Owen’s troubling obsession

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Difficult and disturbing: Una reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Solomon van Abbe

The brutish education system that’s quintessentially British

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I used to worry that I would never be a good writer because my childhood wasn’t interesting enough. I now…

Pity the satanic abuse police – they have to be 120 per cent gullible

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I got lost in the forest near my house while walking the dog the other week. The path I was…

Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Questions are increasingly being asked about the Pope’s judgment and state of mind

Why do doctors think Down’s children are a disaster to be avoided at all costs?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

At my wife’s first 12-week scan, I was expecting — and duly got — that much-documented sense of thrilled wonder…

Clearly intended as an Important Piece of TV – but is it?: C4’s National Treasure reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The closing credits of National Treasure (Channel 4, Tuesday) contain the usual disclaimer that any resemblance between its characters and…

Lost for words

24 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s a bewildering life being a media Catholic, says Freddy Gray

Joan Iyiola and Anna-Maria Nabirye in ‘They Drink It in the Congo’

Almeida’s new play blames Britain for the ills of the Congo – when the problem is clearly aid

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In the 1980s, supermarkets stocked a fruit juice named ‘Um Bongo’ with the strapline ‘They drink it in the Congo!’.…

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson admires a Chilean film about paedophile priests which, unlike Spotlight, dares to explore social and psychological complexities

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…

What Tacitus would have made of the Heath rumours

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The press and police have been condemned for the way they fall on mere rumour and plaster it across the…

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…

Labour’s austerity tradition

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London…

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…

Are we ready for a play about Jimmy Savile?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Will Gore talks to the playwright who has brought Jimmy Savile’s crimes to the stage

Racism, paedophilia and an inverted Snow White

2 May 2015 9:00 am

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, hearkens back to two of her earliest. Like The Bluest Eye, it…

'The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Roger Scruton on why we’re losing the battle for western civilisation

Muswell Hill reviewed: a guide on how to sock it to London trendies

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Torben Betts is much admired by his near-namesake Quentin Letts for socking it to London trendies. Letts is one of…

The serried ranks of an El Sistema youth orchestra in Caracas, 2012 — a ‘miracle’ that’s turned very sour

Sex, lies and El Sistema

6 December 2014 9:00 am

An explosive new book uncovers abuse at the heart of one of classical music’s most revered institutions. Damian Thompson investigates

An unorthodox detective novel about Waitrose-country paedos

4 October 2014 9:00 am

W.H. Auden was addicted to detective fiction. In his 1948 essay ‘The Guilty Vicarage’, he analysed the craving, which he…

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Portrait of the week

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, ordered a review, taking perhaps ten weeks, by Peter Wanless, the head of the…