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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Sign here, please: Magna Carta Island

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

The historic island in Berkshire where Magna Carta was reputedly sealed has been put up for sale for £4m by Sotheby's. But what's it like to call such a momentous landmark home? Charlotte Philby talks to the current owner

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: I take some pride in my daughter's newfound zest for evil

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

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I Koerner; book review

Between the years 1961, when the first plane ever was seized in US airspace, and 1972, the year Roger Holder, an emotionally-ravaged Vietnam deserter, and his loved-up partner in crime Cathy Kerkow seized control of Western Airlines Flight 701, some 159 commercial planes were hijacked in the United States. The Skies Belong To Us is the culmination of four years' research by journalist Brendan I. Koerner, and explores this dramatic and politically embarrassing period of history in vivid detail.

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: My daughter is careering on a bike while pontificating loudly

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

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard celebrates winning her women's singles quarter-final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber

Wimbledon 2014: Eugenie Bouchard wins over the fans despite her final defeat

Canadian reveals she felt humbled by the 'special support from the crowd'

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: The bouncy castle is heaving. I hear screams but can’t make out features

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

As many as 17 per cent of children had seen websites promoting self-harm in 2013

Threefold rise in British children visiting self-harm websites, study reveals

The number of Britons as young as 11 visiting self-harm websites has nearly trebled in three years, according to the most comprehensive study into children and the internet.

Mr Justice Gower said that Vishal Chaudary had a 'ruthless' attitude towards women

Gang leader who trafficked more than 100 women to Britain is jailed for 31 years

Vishal Chaudhary, who lived in a luxury flat and drove a Mercedes, controlled his victims from a makeshift call centre

Rolf Harris was supported throughout the trial by his daughter, Bindi (left); wife Alwen and niece Jenny (right)

Rolf Harris's other victims - his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi

How do the families of suspected sexual abusers cope when they are finally confronted with the humiliating truth after years of deceit? Charlotte Philby finds out

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee