There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.
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Woman Raised By Monkeys, National Geographic: Review - an incredible tale that masked a childhood of unspeakable trauma
Thursday 12 December 2013
In April of this year, Marina Chapman, a sixtysomething grandmother from Bradford, published an autobiography in which she made an astonishing claim. She said she had been kidnapped from her family home in Colombia at the age of five and abandoned in the jungle, where she was taken in and raised by a group of capuchin monkeys. Instead of just smiling and nodding politely, like many of the Breakfast TV interviewers did, National Geographic made Woman Raised By Monkeys, a documentary in which their cameras accompanied Marina on a trip to Colombia and attempted to investigate the veracity of her claims.
Wednesday 04 December 2013
The Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem
An image that shows desperation of Syria's hungry? Or just a misunderstood picture on social media? Shot of people skinning lion goes viral
Friday 29 November 2013
Picture appears to showing starving rebels with a slaughtered lion
Sunday 17 November 2013
Admissions to hospitals have soared as poorer families struggle to afford food
Devious, wicked, dangerous: Amanda Hutton sentenced to 15 years in prison for starving four-year-old son Hamzah Khan to death and leaving body in cot for two years
Friday 04 October 2013
Amanda Hutton sentenced for manslaughter, child neglect and preventing the burial of her dead son's body
Keanu Williams death: Mother who beat child to death was 'invisible to authorities' thanks to 'collective failure' of Birmingham child services
Thursday 03 October 2013
Serious case review concludes that professionals involved in care of Keanu Williams failed to meet even basic standards of good practice
Monday 23 September 2013
The potentially devastating effects of climate change on future generations are revealed today by two British aid groups, before a crucial UN report due out this week.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Mother with history of alcohol and drug abuse let her son starve to death, court told
The biggest welfare programme in history: Indian government gives 800 million citizens a 'legal right' to cheap food in new bill
Tuesday 03 September 2013
£13bn scheme immediately condemned by business community who claim the country cannot afford it
Sunday 25 August 2013
A nut paste used as a home-grown weapon in Africa's struggle against acute child malnutrition goes global
Paperback review: The Making of the English Gardener - Plants, Books and Inspiration 1560-1660, By Margaret Willes
Saturday 03 August 2013
Digging over our blooming past
Friday 26 July 2013
Victims ‘relieved’ after Cleveland kidnapper pleads guilty to 937 charges against him
Thursday 18 July 2013
Angry parents take to the streets after deadly outbreak of sickness at school in northern India
Monday 08 July 2013
One of the main drivers for the Egyptian military to intervene recently was the increasing closeness of the Morsi regime to terror groups such as Hamas, the Gammat Islamiyya, and the like. Significant weapons caches were found in the properties of some of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Sunday 30 June 2013
In 1929, Harold Bell Lasseter transfixed Australia with a tale of a quartz outcrop in the heart of the continent containing gold nuggets "as thick as plums in a pudding". He had stumbled across the reef, buried beneath sand hills in Western Australia's remote Gibson Desert, he claimed, while prospecting for rubies three decades earlier.
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop