Francis Phillips

Tillotson: the British mandarin class before the 1960s deluge
17 May 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: 1960s, 20th century, books
High culture could not save them

‘Tolkien’: The early life of a creative genius on the big screen
4 May 2019 | POPCORN |  
tags: biopics, JRR Tolkien
With material enough for an epic, it attempts too much

‘Detainment’: should a film about two boy murderers have been made?
1 Feb 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: Bulger murder, child criminals
Reliving the murder of a British toddler through the testimony of his killers

What’s in a name? The Nazi taint in ‘Asperger’s syndrome’
18 Oct 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: autism, book reviews, Nazism
Dr Hans Asperger consigned dozens of children in Nazi Vienna to certain death, claims a new book.

Can there be too many biographies of Dr Johnson?
10 Oct 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Dr Johnson, literature
Even if we do not take Johnson for a guide, we cannot fail to warm to his moral stature.

Can you be a feminist and pro-life?
4 Oct 2018 | FEATURES |  
Why not, if feminism is about justice and equality.

Alfie Evans: the uses and misuses of language
2 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: Alfie Evans, bioethics, end-of-life issues, euthanasia, parental rights
How about having a dispassionate, fact-based debate?

The last Tsar: Nicholas II loved his country ‘not wisely but too well’
7 Feb 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Russian revolution, Tsar Nicholas II
The murder of Russia's imperial family a century ago was an inevitable tragedy.

Suzanne’s Children: One woman’s selfless effort in Nazi Paris
13 Nov 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Holocuast, World War II
An improbable hero of the French resistance.

Party Animals: My Family and other Communists
20 Oct 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Communism, memoir, post-war Britain
Growing up Communist in post-war London.

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