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UK’s first Black bookshop hopes crowdfunder will save it from closure
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UK’s first Black bookshop hopes crowdfunder will save it from closure

New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park, north London, has been hit hard by the pandemic but could be saved thanks to an outpouring of support.

Street Cat Bob, Line of Duty, Jonathan Pie, Gloria Steinem: Our top 13 videos of 2021
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Street Cat Bob, Line of Duty, Jonathan Pie, Gloria Steinem: Our top 13 videos of 2021

When a memorial to Street Cat Bob was revealed in July, we brought his global fans video coverage. It was one of our top videos of 2021.

The best indie books of the year 2021
Books of the Year

The best indie books of the year 2021

Here’s The Big Issue’s pick of the best books from independent publishers this year, chosen by books editor Jane Graham.

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: The Big Issue Book of the Year 2021
Books of the Year

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: The Big Issue Book of the Year 2021

The Big Issue’s best children’s books of the year
Books of the Year

The Big Issue’s best children’s books of the year

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How to celebrate Christmas in style with Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish
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How to celebrate Christmas in style with Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men
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Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men

My one-man mission to build a school – and keep a promise
Jordan Wylie

My one-man mission to build a school – and keep a promise

Robin Ince’s 100 bookshop tour: Car parks and cagoules
Robin Ince

Robin Ince’s 100 bookshop tour: Car parks and cagoules

Christmas ghost stories: 5 of the best festive phantoms
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Christmas ghost stories: 5 of the best festive phantoms

Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing
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Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing

What I learned from being held hostage for 450 days
Edith Blais

What I learned from being held hostage for 450 days

Top 5 books written by refugees, chosen by Gulwali Passarlay
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Top 5 books written by refugees, chosen by Gulwali Passarlay

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The journey inspired by Orwell’s roses, still flowering 70 years after his death
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The journey inspired by Orwell’s roses, still flowering 70 years after his death

Robin Ince’s 100 bookshop tour: Trains, festivals and Dylan Thomas
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Robin Ince’s 100 bookshop tour: Trains, festivals and Dylan Thomas

Top 5 books set in fictional bad places, chosen by JL George
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Top 5 books set in fictional bad places, chosen by JL George

Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy
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Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy

Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn
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Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn

Top 5 spooky books written by women
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Top 5 spooky books written by women

Finding the real Shane MacGowan meant roving down a different road
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Finding the real Shane MacGowan meant roving down a different road

Top 5 books about unreliable therapists, chosen by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Top 5 books about unreliable therapists, chosen by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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The website offering a new way to find diverse children’s books
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The website offering a new way to find diverse children’s books

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection
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The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection

Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch
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Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch

Author Fiona Valpy discovers the real Casablanca
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Author Fiona Valpy discovers the real Casablanca

Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl and Billie Piper feature in Letter To My Younger Self paperback
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Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl and Billie Piper feature in Letter To My Younger Self paperback

Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez
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Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez

Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas
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Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas

Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’
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Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’

Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’
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Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’

Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale
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Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale

I went to the quietest place in America. The locals want wifi
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I went to the quietest place in America. The locals want wifi

Filmmaker Paul Sng: ‘My new book shows diversity can make Britain stronger’
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Filmmaker Paul Sng: ‘My new book shows diversity can make Britain stronger’