Long Reads Of The Week – 6 September

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | In this timely and harrowing piece, the Guardian's Patrick Kingsley meets Syrian refugee Hashem Alsouki who risked his life crossing the Mediterranean to try and get his family to safety.

2 | For the New Yorker, Stacy Schiff looks back on one of the most fascinating and terrifying passages of American history, the witch trials of Salem, to cast new light on how the Puritan village sucummbed to the idea that sorcery was being rife among them, with deadly consequences.

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3 | In 'Murder on the Appalachian Trail', Earl Swift writes for Outside about his encounter with a young couple who were murdered on America's most famous hiking route twenty-five years ago, and how the horrendous crime changed the way the nature thought about the outdoors forever.

4 | Mary-Kay Wilmers is the enigmatic editor of the London Review of Books, the finest literary magazine in the country. As the story of her life is set to be turned into a TV series, the Finacial Times' Lucy Kellaway joins her for lunch.

5 | In 'The Children of the Tribes', Pacific Standard's Julia Scheeres uses the example of the Twelve Tribes church in Massachusetts to look at the way children's rights are being eroded in America under the First Amendment's protection of religious practises.