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Sweet Bobby

Kirat is a successful marketer and radio presenter. On Facebook she is approached by Bobby, a cardiologist vaguely known to her. Eventually, they become tangled up in a love affair full of lies and manipulation. Then… Kirat discovers a deception of almost unimaginable proportions…

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Pulp and be damned

Are the so-called “culture wars” really affecting freedom of thought and expression? If so, are publishing houses in part to blame?

Tonight’s Thinkin

Sir Dave Lewis

With Cop 26 just a few days away, we’re holding a special Open News meeting with the WWF Chair, Xlinks Executive Chair and former Tesco CEO.

Slow Views

Expect no more than theatre from Sunak

Tomorrow’s Budget is unlikely to amount to much more than repackaged austerity and a few headline-grabbing measures.


Join us at Cop 26

Explore our programme of events, and book your place at a Cop 26 ThinkIn – either digitally or in-person in Glasgow – now.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Got your back

26 october 2021
  • Tesla’s market value surpassed $1 trillion on news that Hertz ordered 100,000 of its electric vehicles, putting it in the company of Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
  • Sudanese soldiers reportedly killed 10 people after firing on protesters in Khartoum who were demanding the return of civilian rule.
  • Japan’s Princess Mako gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college boyfriend, a man she called “irreplaceable”.

Tomorrow Rishi Sunak will announce his first real post-Covid budget, but he’s leaving few surprises about what’s in store. His policies have already been trailed across the media. The headlines: £5.9 billion to be spent on the NHS in England, a national minimum wage hike, and unfreezing public sector pay. But not everything adds up. 

Join us at Cop 26

From 3-11 November we’ll be hosting a series of ThinkIns at the New York Times Climate Hub in Glasgow.

Everyone can join

By offering sponsored membership to those who otherwise could not join Tortoise, we are truly an open and inclusive newsroom.


We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.



covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.

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