ISSUE 1272

Brand new: Russell, redemption and The Big Issue vendors

Russell Brand returns! Back and rebranded, the former hero of hedonism chats revolution, relationships and recovery with four of our Big Issue vendors inside the unmistakable St John’s Church in Waterloo. Where better to talk about demons than in the house of God?

Also this week…

  • As Hurricane Harvey hits Houston for a second time, we look at the quiet heroes at Habitat for Humanity housing the homeless – and how Big Issue Invest is helping here at home.
  • Mock The Week host Dara Ó Briain turns his back on science for comedy as he explains why he’s not an astronaut; chats life, the universe and everything in it.
  • In Letter to My Younger Self, actor, writer and comic Robert Webb takes a peep at himself, toxic masculinity, and tells how he believes losing his mum at 17 emboldened him.

And, as always, much more.