Willy Wonka and Other Psychopaths
Bad Girl Warning / Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka and Other Psychopaths

Some of the great characters from children’s literature take the Hare PCL-R test for psychopathy. Think of villains like Lord Voldemort, Miss Slighcarp, the Twits – extreme psychopaths. But what of the heroes? Psychopaths aren’t necessarily sadistic murderers, they can be people in positions of power: surgeons, politicians, CEOs of chocolate factories… Continue reading

Marmalade Atkins
Bad Girl Warning

Marmalade Atkins

I've always had a soft spot for incredibly rude children. In books obviously, real rude children need shutting in the garage. It's not so much the bad boys I like; Just William, Dennis the Menace, Horrid Henry et al have always had something of the bully boy about them, redeemable mainly because the softies they … Continue reading