Charlotte Philby

ON MATERNITY LEAVE. Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.

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HRT patches 'could be used to help treat prostate cancer in men'

Oestrogen offers effective alternative to current, aggressive drugs with fewer harmful side effects
The Church Of The Immaculate Conception in Mayfair

Time to start believing? Archbishop to open formal dialogue with gay Catholics

Charlotte Philby attends a new Mass for the LGBT community – and finds two sides singing from the same hymn sheet

Fiona MacKeown

'I was naive, but never negligent': Five years after her daughter was murdered in Goa, Fiona MacKeown is still fighting for justice

As Scarlett Keeling’s murder on a Goa beach moves further into the past, her mother Fiona MacKeown tells Charlotte Philby she is still no closer to seeing justice

Pregnant asylum-seekers ‘at risk’ of developing mental and physical health problems

Pregnant asylum seekers in Britain are at “serious risk” of developing mental and physical health problems as a result of systemic failings, a report claims.

Socialite and Princess Diana lookalike Regine Siekmann, who is reverting to her maiden name Lansley since serving time at HMP Holloway

Regine Lansley: The lady of the manor detained at her majesty’s pleasure

Convicted of drug offences, Regine Lansley’s fall from grace was spectacular. She tells Charlotte Philby about surviving in prison – and living on benefits

'It is like my own limb': First British person to undergo a hand transplant gives operation a resounding thumbs up

Mark Cahill says hand transplant has given him a new lease of life

Thailand gang-rape: British student 'attacked by four men as she walked home'

Thai officials were searching for four men after a British student claimed she was gang-raped in the city of Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

The ‘breast is best’ debate: What is it that makes people judge new mothers so harshly?

Save the Children has called for warnings on formula packaging to remind mothers that Breast is Best - but this would only make stressed mothers feel even more guilty

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.

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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit