Coronavirus testing: NO tests available in London as cases rise; and is JK Rowling's new novel really "transphobic"?

The full scale of the Covid testing crisis in London has been exposed by an Evening Standard investigation which found appointments were not available to book online. Our reporter Rachael Burford tried to arrange walk-in or drive-in slots in each of the 32 boroughs yesterday but every time received the message: “No test sites found.” Rachael tells the podcast how she also spoke to the mother of a six year old girl with a temperature who was told to go on a three hour round trip to get a test. 

Also, Under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, JK Rowling has published her new novel 'Troubled Blood' and walked straight into another row over alleged “transphobia”. An early review claimed its moral is “never trust a man in a dress”. Miss Rowling has been a high-profile sceptic on transgender rights. But the book’s nearly 1,000 pages long, so is it really all about that? We speak to the Evening Standard's Vicky Frost, whose review, available on, describes the book as "slow and clumsy".


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