Mary Wakefield

The strange case of my first love and the stolen Stradivarius

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Because I’d been reading about Stradivarius on the bus home, my helpful iPhone suggested a related story: the Totenberg Ames…

Lessons in love and loss

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Some of the time, most of the time, it’s tricky to believe in God. There’s just too much that’s sad…

There’s no need to tell children about terrorists

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Saturday evening in Durham. My in-laws and I had just begun our usual postprandial shout about Donald Trump when my…

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…