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John Vercher: We now know contact sports are dangerous – so is it ethical to watch them?
Books

John Vercher: We now know contact sports are dangerous – so is it ethical to watch them?

In his latest novel about a MMA fighter, John Vercher explores the reality – and the morality – of the devastating effects of repeated trauma on an athlete’s brain

This England: Does Kenneth Branagh let Boris Johnson off the hook?
TV

This England: Does Kenneth Branagh let Boris Johnson off the hook?

This England, starring Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson, shows the early days of the pandemic. It will trigger sorrow and fury. But are we ready?

Must read books this Autumn: An essential list to brighten the short, dark days ahead
Books

Must read books this Autumn: An essential list to brighten the short, dark days ahead

Big Issue books editor Jane Graham’s definitive list of new and upcoming releases that you need to add to your reading pile this season

Jeff Bridges: ‘I had cancer and Covid. I was facing my mortality’
TV

Jeff Bridges: ‘I had cancer and Covid. I was facing my mortality’

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris review: Lesley Manville swaps drudgery for a dream dress
film

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris review: Lesley Manville swaps drudgery for a dream dress

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‘I just want to represent real people’ – Lydia West talks Inside Man, It’s A Sin and the cost-of-living crisis
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‘I just want to represent real people’ – Lydia West talks Inside Man, It’s A Sin and the cost-of-living crisis

Blue Note Re:imagined II goes back in time to forge future paths
Music

Blue Note Re:imagined II goes back in time to forge future paths

Morbid Obsessions review: A safety blanket for the marginalised
Book reviews

Morbid Obsessions review: A safety blanket for the marginalised

Was JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit a historical novel?
Books

Was JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit a historical novel?

Malcolm McDowell: Kubrick would be shocked at commercialisation of A Clockwork Orange
interview

Malcolm McDowell: Kubrick would be shocked at commercialisation of A Clockwork Orange

Katyń: The forgotten massacre of World War II
Books

Katyń: The forgotten massacre of World War II

Whatever Happened to Queer Happiness? review: A manifesto that all new queer art should follow
Book reviews

Whatever Happened to Queer Happiness? review: A manifesto that all new queer art should follow

Top 5 children’s books about fashion accessories, chosen by Anthony Moss
Top 5 books

Top 5 children’s books about fashion accessories, chosen by Anthony Moss

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Top 5 picture books with intergenerational relationships, chosen by Patrice Lawrence
Top 5 books

Top 5 picture books with intergenerational relationships, chosen by Patrice Lawrence

Motsi Mabuse: ‘I don’t like dance competitions. I have a real anxiety about them now’
Letter to my Younger Self

Motsi Mabuse: ‘I don’t like dance competitions. I have a real anxiety about them now’

Top 5 books about the prison system, chosen by Andy West
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about the prison system, chosen by Andy West

Top 5 books about dogs, chosen by Jules Howard
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about dogs, chosen by Jules Howard

Top 5 books about twins, chosen by LV Matthews
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about twins, chosen by LV Matthews

Top 5 books on the Cuban revolution, chosen by Christopher Othen
Top 5 books

Top 5 books on the Cuban revolution, chosen by Christopher Othen

Top 5 books about cocktails and spirits, chosen by Camper English
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about cocktails and spirits, chosen by Camper English

JB Mylet: A dark history of orphanages and a mother’s childhood secret
Books

JB Mylet: A dark history of orphanages and a mother’s childhood secret

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A Prayer For the Crown-Shy review: ‘Hopepunk’ novel imagines a positive future for humanity
Book reviews

A Prayer For the Crown-Shy review: ‘Hopepunk’ novel imagines a positive future for humanity

The secret Nazi camps of Finnish Lapland
Books

The secret Nazi camps of Finnish Lapland

Stone Club: The most literal rock tour you’ll ever see
Music

Stone Club: The most literal rock tour you’ll ever see

Paul O’Grady: ‘I could milk a cow by the time I was seven’
Letter to my Younger Self

Paul O’Grady: ‘I could milk a cow by the time I was seven’

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