From us to you – Merry Christmas!

Issue 1541

From us to you – Merry Christmas!

Welcome to the legendary Big Issue Christmas special.

This bumper edition is full of joy, fun and plenty of inspiration. We explore the cost-of-living crisis and war in Ukraine but manage to find hope in even the bleakest times.


  • A review of the biggest Big Issue stories of the year, from DIY solutions to the housing crisis to Prince William selling the magazine
  • Former PM Gordon Brown sets out how the government has to help the most vulnerable
  • As the animated version of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is set to be the star in this year’s Christmas TV schedules, we speak to its creator Charlie Mackesy
  • We visit a bomb shelter in Kharkiv to find out what it’s like celebrating Christmas in unimaginably difficult circumstances
  • Beckham-bothering comedian Joe Lycett explains how exactly we ended up in the mess we find ourselves in
  • We hear from breakthrough band of the year Wet Leg who tell us how they plan to keep using their platform to talk about the big issues important to them
  • DJ and presenter Roman Kemp remembers his godfather and great friend of The Big Issue, George Michael
  • Nick Cave is offering readers an exclusive bunch of goodies!
  • We crown our books of the year and famous faces including Greg James, Sam Ryder, Brian May, Damian Lewis, Eddie Redmayne, Jodie Whittaker, Vicky McClure and Letitia Wright share their cultural highlights of 2022.

Plus even more than that!

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