Latest Issue

China café

Piers Morgan interviewed me for his ITV travel programme. I still have a certain notoriety, it seems

By Mark Kitto   January 2010

The woman was rolling on the ground, screaming and smashing the dirt with her fists. A man was trying to calm her. In the middle of the road was a pair of child’s trainers, almost side by side. A policeman was taking photos as passersby looked on.

As I drove by slowly, I pieced together what had happened. There had been a hit-and-run on a long stretch of road where a junction is hidden in trees. There’s a shop on the corner and the victim—a boy—lived there with his aunt during the school week.

Shortly before I came upon the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect