Joan Smith

Known for her human rights activism and writing on subjects such as atheism and feminism, Joan Smith is a columnist, critic and novelist. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a regular contributor to BBC radio, she has written five detective novels, two of which have been filmed by the BBC.

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Alison Parker and Adam Ward: best remembered before tragedy

There are no current cures for dementia

Dementia: What they don't tell you about the condition

... is to eat healthily, exercise, and stay mentally active – it's not a cure but it can make a significant difference

The Duke of Cambridge wants only sanctioned pictures, such as this of George at his sister’s christening, to be used by the media

Prince George and the paparazzi: Deferring to the long arm of Buckingham Palace

The former boss of Hacked Off, a critic of press intrusion, says this time the royals are expecting too much protection

Members of the Tunisian security services stand guard during a memorial ceremony and minutes silence for the victims of a terror attack on a beach outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, in the popular tourist resort of al-Sousse, Tunisia

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Could the UK have reacted more constructively by helping beef up security in Tunisia?

Rafida Bonya Ahmed spoke with heartfelt eloquence during last week’s Voltaire lecture

Machetes fail to maim this human spirit

Rafida Bonya Ahmed survived a brutal Islamic extremist attack; her husband did not ... yet she speaks only of compassion

A woman injured in the attack at Sousse is carried from the beach

One of the purposes of terrorism is to magnify the terrorist

Attacks such as last Friday's target not only innocent people, but our sense of proportion, too

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Labour leadership race: Can anyone seriously imagine any of the four candidates on offer beating George Osborne or Boris Johnson?

David Cameron's likely successors must be thrilled by the lacklustre shortlist

Honours system: Have a gong, and leave your principles at home

It's a world where traditional 'British' values – snobbery, deference and minute degrees of distinction – exist in defiance of modern principles of equality and social justice

Prince Charles' letters reveal him to be a prolix pesterer of government departments

His correspondence are full of straw men whose purpose is to portray their author as a radical thinker

CCTV still of 15-year-old Amira Abase, left, Kadiza Sultana,16, center, and Shamima Begum, 15, walk through Gatwick airport, south of London, before catching their flight to Turkey. The three teenage girls left the country in a suspected bid to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group

Girls in the West must be taught that there's nothing romantic about life in Islamic State's 'caliphate'

The phenomenon of teenage girls lured by the prospect of meals by candlelight and bathing in the Euphrates

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