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: "IT'S THE WRONG AIRPORT," my husband notes on the eve of our trip

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

Rowling: 'Some ‘patriotism’ places higher importance on ‘sticking it’ to David Cameron than to looking after your own'

JK Rowling's new book The Silkworm, first look review

Rowling returns under pseudonym Robert Galbraith for another moreish read

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: It's important not to shelter children from the realities of life, I decide

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

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: I've specifically asked to be called mummy

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

Rob Beckett, Alan Carr and Adam Hills will all be performing at V Festival

V Festival: Nothing funny about the all-male comedy line-up

Organisers of V Festival have come under fire for failing to book a single woman for the comedy tent this year.

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'There is a love bite on your neck,' my husband notes, unconcerned

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

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the North London Central Mosque

Finsbury Park Mosque: Emerging from the shadow of Abu Hamza

As the radical cleric begins a life sentence for supporting terrorism, Charlotte Philby visits Finsbury Park mosque, where he once preached

Peter Nunn, left, is accused of threatening Stella Creasy MP

Twitter troll ‘embarked on campaign of hatred against Labour MP Stella Creasy’

A “Twitter troll” subjected an MP to a slew of abuse after she backed a campaign to feature Jane Austen on a new banknote, a court has heard.  

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: When given respite from children, seek out a dark room

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

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