Enable children to talk and then listen to them – the only solution

"Cover-up is a British institutional tradition" 4 December 2016 for The Observer: Breaking the silence is immensely powerful and it is good medicine. But speaking up is hard. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has data that suggests one out of three people abused as a child has not disclosed the abuse … Continue reading Enable children to talk and then listen to them – the only solution

The free-from-fear diet

23 November 2015 for the Observer as "What is Healthy Eating?": It’s easy to develop a case of the latest psychiatrically acknowledged eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa – an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy. I got one for just £65. That’s the price of an introductory session at London’s Hale Clinic, an alternative therapy … Continue reading The free-from-fear diet

A story for immigrants: the tragic fate of the Anglo-Italians in the Second World War

ON 2 July 1940 the SS Arandora Star was torpedoed off north-west Ireland. The liner was carrying civilian "enemy aliens"  from Britain to internment camps in Canada. Nearly 800 of them drowned. Some were German Jews, but most were Italians: grocers, ice-cream vendors, waiters and chefs, many of whom had lived all their lives in Britain. Their families survived, but … Continue reading A story for immigrants: the tragic fate of the Anglo-Italians in the Second World War