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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Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'Killing is where you get rid of people who aren't nice to superheroes'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'The brutal deselection process extends to the colour purple'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'My mum is bombarding me with cryptic text messages'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'We are settled in the cinema, the toddler dismantling and licking the ashtray'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'Most of the flight is taken up by an older lady clinging to my husband's hand'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Photographers capture the relationship between dogs and their owners - including Simon Callow and his beloved boxers

Photographers Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott have spent the past six years taking traditional 'family' portraits that reveal the changing nuances of our relationships with our best friends. Now... sit!

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'She looks funny, but you can't say that,' I tell my daughter

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'I smile, trying not to focus on the hairs sprouting from her chin'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's parental leave: 'Did you like Bambi,' I ask my daughter. 'I liked the fighting...'

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'I suppose you see things like that all the time?' 'No,' says the sonographer

A mother's weekly dispatch from the pre-school frontline

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