ISSUE 1288

Into 2018! James Norton


Psycho, crime-fighting vicar, Russian prince… and now a mobster with James Bond pretensions. James Norton talks Britain in crisis and new thrilling-drama McMafia.


  • Still the ultimate soul man. Fifty years ago this week (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay was posthumously released – and ensured Otis Redding’s legendary status. Soul champion Stuart Cosgrove explains why the singer deserves our eternal R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • Forget Trump’s tweets, messy Brexit talks and the wild winter weather. Ditch the disappointing Christmas presents – we give you the eight big ideas set to change the world in 2018. From preventing poverty to becoming a gene genie, they’re bound to make you feel cheerful
  • Introducing… The Big Issue Platform. We’re opening up The Big Issue to ideas on breaking the cycle of homelessness. It’s open to politicians, policy-makers, business, third-sector leaders, readers and vendors. Anybody who has an idea that could be part of the solution – send it into us and we’ll print it
  • From Harriet Harman (Mother of the House) to Judy Murray (First Lady of racquet sports), we look back at some more of 2017’s best Letter to My Younger Self