Charlotte Philby

Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.

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Alec Baldwin's wife is sued over a 'dangerous activity' in her yoga class

Yoga is supposed to be about alleviating stress. But for two New Yorkers a class over  the weekend had quite the opposite effect.

'I intend to die in the harness': Chapman Pincher is still on the hunt for spooks

Charlotte Philby meets the great spy-catcher of Fleet Street.

Transexual 'Rebecca' pictured at her home in Maidstone

Jailed as a man. Released as a woman: Robert Hilton becomes Rebecca Hilton in prison

After 21 years behind bars, Rebecca Hilton finds herself not only in a changed world, but a changed body

Would-be MP John O’Farrell has already received the endorsement of Lord Adonis and Ben Bradshaw

John O’Farrell: The satirist who’s suddenly being taken seriously

Comedy writer John O’Farrell is hoping to succeed Chris Huhne as the MP for Eastleigh

Madonna with her Malawian son David Banda

Madonna and Angelina Jolie told they are ripping the heart out of Africa

Mozambique-born model Tasha da Vasconcelos criticises adoptions by foreign celebrities

Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones

Dear diary, why does my bum look so big after reading chick lit?

Self-scrutinising fictional heroines like Bridget Jones could be bad for your health, a new study has warned.

Men who watch more than 20 hours of television a week risk halving their sperm count, researchers warn

The power of TV: watching 20 hours a week halves sperm count, according to new study

Men who watch more than 20 hours of television a week risk halving their sperm count, researchers warn.

A medical technician works at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at Brewelskloof Hospital

Disappointment for British researchers as new TB vaccine ‘does little to protect children’

Hopes of wiping out pulmonary tuberculosis suffered a major setback today, as the most promising new vaccine was shown to do little to protect children.

Natalie Hynde bolted herself to a tree during the protests

The battle against the bulldozers goes on, says Hynde’s daughter

Saving the Sussex woodland is worth a brush with the law, the activist tells Charlotte Philby

'Maria': 'I don't see any hope for me and my son'

Asylum-seekers 'forced into prostitution' by support system failures

Homeless refugees left to fend for themselves as they wait for decision on their future, claims report

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