An excerpt from his new book:
Later, I saw a woman who complained of headaches and unhappiness.
‘I’m in a battered relationship,’ she said.
It was not her first such, of course. She had three children by three different men, all of whom had abandoned her, but not before strangling her a little, blacking her eye a few times and knocking her unconscious.
‘And how are the children?’ I asked.
They were fine, she said, except that the eldest had begun to steal cars, which is the modern equivalent of measles, although it is unlikely that a vaccine will be found against it.