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This week in Tortoise: Fallen women

This week in Tortoise: Fallen women

Twenty-seven women. Twenty-three men present in the moments before they fell. Just one conviction for murder. This week, Tortoise investigates the cases of women who have “fallen” from tall buildings to their deaths or serious injury.

In January last year, Louise Tickle investigated ‘Hidden Homicides’. It was a four-part podcast series examining the circumstances of women who die suddenly, and the police’s failure to investigate them despite a history of domestic violence. It shone a light on a scandal in plain sight: women who are killed but not counted.

In ‘Fallen Women’, Louise Tickle and producer Gemma Newby examine a similar pattern. Women who perhaps didn’t fall, but were pushed – and whose deaths have never been properly investigated.

This week’s ThinkIns are about life after the pandemic. In particular, the future of work, education and society. All our ThinkIns are now back in the newsroom – and, of course, online too. And we’ve invited some of the UK’s leading thinkers to help us:

We keep on experimenting with Twitter spaces. That’s where you’ll find us for our weekly Open News meeting, Wednesday at 6.30pm.

If you didn’t catch last week’s photo essay on the Falklands War, featuring pictures taken by soldiers and photographers on both sides, do take a look. Thoughtfully edited by our Head of Photography, Jon Jones, it’s taken from Anniversary, the new edition of our Quarterly book of long stories. If you haven’t got a copy yourself yet, there are still a few knocking about in our shop at a special member price.

Have a very good week.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder