Latest Features

What the nanny saw...

Vivian Maier was a nanny in Chicago. But, as these images show, she was also "one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers"

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch: "I couldn't stop crying..."

Jane Graham

He may well get an Oscar for his portrayal of Alan Turing, but Benedict Cumberbatch is planning a more relaxed future

Samira Ahmed

Forget the space escape – there won’t be any second chances

Samira Ahmed

"Interstellar struck me as a truly humanist film, describing a godless universe in which people faced with terrible odds have a choice"

How to listen to Allegri

"The most famous piece of sacred music ever written..." The Sixteen's Harry Christophers on the qualities of Allegri’s Miserere

How David Cameron exposed my inner Mr Smithers

Sam Delaney

"I was intimidated. Cameron might be a massive dickhead but he possesses all the self-assurance his expensive education has lent him"

"Moaners enable the capitalist system to continue because moaning is nearly always in place of action"
"The problem with claiming a historical imperative over elements of identity is fixing a place to draw the line"
“I once played for the Welsh Homeless World Cup team - that was a great experience”
John White
Much-loved Big Issue vendor John White will have a lasting memorial at the Edinburgh pitch he spent eight years selling from
10 very important things you need to know about the new Big Issue. From Sherlock to Spot The Ball...
The Big Issue launches new partnership with to offer readers free step-by-step walking routes across Britain
Edinburgh vendors Susan, Fergie (pictured) and Stevie enter the art world to help develop No Fixed Abode exhibition on homelessness

Latest Reviews

Film reviews: In the bleak Midwest

Edward Lawrenson

"In the Tommy Lee Jones-directed The Homesman, the lesson is clear: life out West is tough for both sexes but far tougher on the women"

Album reviews: Foo speed ahead!

Malcolm Jack

"The best Foo Fighters' album in a decade, Sonic Highways is big and loud but laced with subtle geographic subtexts"

Allen Jones RA, Royal Academy of the Arts, London


"One of the leading exponents of Pop Art, Allen Jones' sculptures still have the power to please and appall in equal measures"

Bernard Ashley, copyright Norman Smith

Five books every child should read before they’re 11

"Well written and extravagantly illustrated. One to keep forever..." Bernard Ashley picks his must-reads for kids