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Letter To My Younger Self

Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I’d tell my 16-year-old self, you have ADHD. That’s why you failed your GCSEs’
Culture

Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I’d tell my 16-year-old self, you have ADHD. That’s why you failed your GCSEs’

Comedian turned author Shappi Khorsandi discusses racism, meeting her hero Billy Connolly and overcoming the odds in her Letter To My Younger Self.

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

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

The updated paperback edition of The Big Issue’s celebrated Letter To My Younger Self book is out now.

Billy Bragg: ‘There’s nothing worse than giving in to your own cynicism’
Music

Billy Bragg: ‘There’s nothing worse than giving in to your own cynicism’

Billy Bragg no longer thinks music can change the world. But he wouldn’t tell his younger self not to try.

Roger Taylor on Elvis, Freddie Mercury’s belief in Queen and his weekend with Bowie
Music

Roger Taylor on Elvis, Freddie Mercury’s belief in Queen and his weekend with Bowie

Roger Taylor: ‘I just wish I’d got to say goodbye to Freddie’
Music

Roger Taylor: ‘I just wish I’d got to say goodbye to Freddie’

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Big Issue sellers share words of advice for their younger selves
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Big Issue sellers share words of advice for their younger selves

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton on her journey from homelessness to fire chief – via The Big Issue
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Sabrina Cohen-Hatton on her journey from homelessness to fire chief – via The Big Issue

Terry Hall: ‘The Specials have always been about protest’
Music

Terry Hall: ‘The Specials have always been about protest’

Andy Murray on childhood, success and the advice his daughter gave him
Life

Andy Murray on childhood, success and the advice his daughter gave him

Actor Samuel West: ‘I was a rebellious 33-year-old’
TV

Actor Samuel West: ‘I was a rebellious 33-year-old’

Paul McGann: ‘Doctor Who couldn’t have worked out better’
TV

Paul McGann: ‘Doctor Who couldn’t have worked out better’

‘I had to flee Afghanistan when I was just 12’
News

‘I had to flee Afghanistan when I was just 12’

Jackson Browne: ‘The best is always yet to come’
Music

Jackson Browne: ‘The best is always yet to come’

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Peter Ackroyd: ‘When I was young I wanted to be Pope’
Books

Peter Ackroyd: ‘When I was young I wanted to be Pope’

Joan Armatrading: ‘I didn’t know I was breaking ground’
Music

Joan Armatrading: ‘I didn’t know I was breaking ground’

Ricky Ross: ‘You can avoid real life, and still get paid!’
Music

Ricky Ross: ‘You can avoid real life, and still get paid!’

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘The longest relationship I’ve had is with my cello’
Music

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘The longest relationship I’ve had is with my cello’

Richard Coles: ‘I still don’t think David is dead’
News

Richard Coles: ‘I still don’t think David is dead’

Ed Miliband: ‘I should have taken more chances’
News

Ed Miliband: ‘I should have taken more chances’

Pat Nevin: ‘When I hear racist chanting… I’m not having that’
News

Pat Nevin: ‘When I hear racist chanting… I’m not having that’

Joanna Scanlon: ‘I don’t see conformity as a good thing’
TV

Joanna Scanlon: ‘I don’t see conformity as a good thing’

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James O’Brien: ‘In therapy I felt my armour flaking away’
News

James O’Brien: ‘In therapy I felt my armour flaking away’

Ian Wright: ‘I didn’t realise how unhappy I was’
News

Ian Wright: ‘I didn’t realise how unhappy I was’

Esther Rantzen: ‘Strap on your tin helmet and keep going’
TV

Esther Rantzen: ‘Strap on your tin helmet and keep going’

Matt Baker: ‘When you grow up on a farm, you know all about hard work’
TV

Matt Baker: ‘When you grow up on a farm, you know all about hard work’

Tim Booth: ‘I carried too much responsibility in James’
Music

Tim Booth: ‘I carried too much responsibility in James’

Gabrielle: ‘Dreams definitely can come true!’
Music

Gabrielle: ‘Dreams definitely can come true!’

Erwin James: ‘Prison is a challenge. You’ll be grateful you can read’
News

Erwin James: ‘Prison is a challenge. You’ll be grateful you can read’

Orlando Bloom: ‘I got really good at hiding myself’
Film

Orlando Bloom: ‘I got really good at hiding myself’

Jay Blades: ‘The Repair Shop fixes families and communities’
TV

Jay Blades: ‘The Repair Shop fixes families and communities’

Kay Mellor: Getting pregnant 16 gives you the life experience to be a writer
TV

Kay Mellor: Getting pregnant 16 gives you the life experience to be a writer

Dame Kelly Holmes: ‘Believing in yourself is so powerful’
News

Dame Kelly Holmes: ‘Believing in yourself is so powerful’

Hugh Bonneville: ‘Acting was something other people did’
TV

Hugh Bonneville: ‘Acting was something other people did’