Mary Wakefield

Why do nurses quit? Because they care

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes, on Sundays, I visit Richard, a friend who’s 95 and lives alone. The idea originally was that I’d be…

At the cutting edge

6 May 2017 9:00 am

There’s a graveyard inside Henry Marsh’s head, though you’d never guess it to look at him. There he sits in…

Who dares face down the teenage gangsters?

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

The baby, unbothered by diesel fumes, enjoys an outing down the main road through London N1. Each passing bus is…

The mad, bad war on ‘cultural appropriation’

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s usually best to ignore the indignant fury of the 21st-century young. We’re used to them now, these snowflakes, posing…

Redemption for the Ripper

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In the autumn of 1888 London was in a state of terrified excitement over Jack the Ripper. There had never…

What will you do in the gene-editing revolution?

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The only time I ever saw a wolf in the wild, a small one, I was so frightened that I…

What will you do in the gene-editing revolution?

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

The only time I ever saw a wolf in the wild, a small one, I was so frightened that I…

Why wouldn’t our NHS saints help a dying man?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

We all think pretty highly of ourselves these days, free from old-fashioned ideas about sin. We’re good people. And yet……

Why wouldn’t our NHS saints help a dying man?

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

We all think pretty highly of ourselves these days, free from old-fashioned ideas about sin. We’re good people. And yet……

As the cab doors locked, I wanted to get out

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I meant to get the bus, but by the time I arrived at the stop at 5 p.m. last Tuesday, I…

As the cab doors locked, I wanted to get out

12 January 2017 3:00 pm

I meant to get the bus, but by the time I arrived at the stop at 5 p.m. last Tuesday, I…

The unkindest cult of all

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When I was 22 I met a man called Yisrayl Hawkins who said his coming had been prophesied in the…

Why I’m telling my son about the sky fairy

10 December 2016 9:00 am

After we were married, my husband and I went on honeymoon to Mexico. We drove across country east to west,…

Why I’m telling my son about the sky fairy

8 December 2016 3:00 pm

After we were married, my husband and I went on honeymoon to Mexico. We drove across country east to west,…

My husband’s ‘gay affair’ with Gove

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I discovered that while he should have been focused on the fight of his life during…

My husband’s ‘gay affair’ with Gove

17 November 2016 3:00 pm

A few weeks ago I discovered that while he should have been focused on the fight of his life during…

How clever are ravens? I asked at the Tower

22 October 2016 9:00 am

On Tower Hill, by the east wall of Beauchamp Tower where Robert Dudley was imprisoned for a year, a raven…

How clever are ravens? I asked at the Tower

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

On Tower Hill, by the east wall of Beauchamp Tower where Robert Dudley was imprisoned for a year, a raven…

When the fear of racism trumps everything else

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Do you remember Alan Kurdi, the poor, drowned three-year-old whose photograph provoked a wave of sympathy for migrants almost exactly…

When the fear of racism trumps everything else

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

Do you remember Alan Kurdi, the poor, drowned three-year-old whose photograph provoked a wave of sympathy for migrants almost exactly…

The Boris-bashers should be ashamed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout this fractious summer, one thing has united all the warring pundits and politicians. Left, right; Leave, Remain, everyone at…

The Boris-bashers should be ashamed

25 August 2016 1:00 pm

Throughout this fractious summer, one thing has united all the warring pundits and politicians. Left, right; Leave, Remain, everyone at…

Pokémon Go? I wish it would

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Monday morning: one hand trapped beneath the fat and guzzling midget, with the other I idly opened the gates of…

Pokémon Go? I wish it would

28 July 2016 1:00 pm

Monday morning: one hand trapped beneath the fat and guzzling midget, with the other I idly opened the gates of…

What’s to blame for a generation’s desperation?

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Youth is wasted on the young, for the most part, and thank God for that. There’s nothing grislier than a…