ISSUE 1279

The genius of George Michael, by Mark Ronson

The genius of George Michael: a celebration, featuring Mark Ronson on how the pop icon changed his life.

If you can’t reach a Big Issue vendor, you can get a copy here.

Also this week…

We launch our hugely popular kids’ Christmas cover competition! More on that here.

In Letter to My Younger Self, astronaut and the first British International Space Station crew member Tim Peake reflects on his trip into space and how shocking the teenage Tim would have found his new-found fame.

Last year, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake rattled cages and caused controversy with an unflinching depiction of people let down by the state. Now, as the Universal Credit crisis unfolds, we look back at what’s changed in the 12 months since the film’s groundbreaking release.

Read a fascinating and revealing interview with the man dubbed as one of sport’s central villains: the controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin. He tells his story of the fallen athlete who kept running, the doping scandals, and turning mistakes into lessons.

And lots more.