Review

Family Politics by John O'Farrell review – a plea to engage with those whose views we abhor
Books

Family Politics by John O'Farrell review – a plea to engage with those whose views we abhor

O’Farrell’s latest has more laugh-out-loud gags than the Tory party has had recent leadership campaigns.
Mrs Gulliver by Valerie Martin review – finding agency in a patriarchy
Books

Mrs Gulliver by Valerie Martin review – finding agency in a patriarchy

Freaks Out! by Luke Haines review – a righteous celebration of gloriously weird rock 'n' rollers
Books

Freaks Out! by Luke Haines review – a righteous celebration of gloriously weird rock 'n' rollers

Dune: Part Two review – deluxe space opera with a discreet safety net
Film

Dune: Part Two review – deluxe space opera with a discreet safety net

Breathtaking and The Way: These are the next Mr Bates-style TV dramas poised to shake-up Britain
TV

Breathtaking and The Way: These are the next Mr Bates-style TV dramas poised to shake-up Britain

The Smile just made the best Radiohead album Radiohead never made
Radiohead spin-off group The Smile
Music

The Smile just made the best Radiohead album Radiohead never made

American Fiction review – a satirical take on novel writing with Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright and Erika Alexander in American Fiction
Film

American Fiction review – a satirical take on novel writing with Jeffrey Wright

Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical review – nostalgia never felt so wicked
Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky rules the school in Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical Photo
Theatre

Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical review – nostalgia never felt so wicked

Gathering: Women of Colour on Nature review – natural highs from our natural world
Books

Gathering: Women of Colour on Nature review – natural highs from our natural world

Namesake by NS Nuseibeh review – personal insight informed by Islamic myth and culture
Books

Namesake by NS Nuseibeh review – personal insight informed by Islamic myth and culture

Ava Anna Ada by Ali Millar review – the apocalyptic age of anxiety
Ava Anna Ada by Ali Millar cover
Books

Ava Anna Ada by Ali Millar review – the apocalyptic age of anxiety

Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth – a dark take on suburban motherhood
Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth cover
Books

Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth – a dark take on suburban motherhood

The Holdovers review – a film of well-turned wit and emotional warmth
(l-r) Dominic Sessa as Angus Tully, Paul Giamatti as Paul Hunham and Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Mary Lamb in The Holdovers
Film

The Holdovers review – a film of well-turned wit and emotional warmth

To the Dogs by Louise Welsh review – a propulsive campus thriller
Books

To the Dogs by Louise Welsh review – a propulsive campus thriller

Emma Stone's new film Poor Things is a fantastical discovery of mind, body and world
Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo star in Poor Things
Film

Emma Stone's new film Poor Things is a fantastical discovery of mind, body and world

Halfway House by Helen FitzGerald review – a masterclass in blackly comic horror
Books

Halfway House by Helen FitzGerald review – a masterclass in blackly comic horror

Our essential guide to the best TV shows of 2023: From The Last of Us to Succession
Collage of the stars of the Big Issue's best TV shows this year
TV

Our essential guide to the best TV shows of 2023: From The Last of Us to Succession

An ultimate guide to the best books of 2023 – as chosen by esteemed Big Issue critics
Illustration of a face and an eye shape
Books

An ultimate guide to the best books of 2023 – as chosen by esteemed Big Issue critics

The definitive guide to best children's and YA books of 2023
A Way to the Stars cover
Books

The definitive guide to best children's and YA books of 2023

Yule Island by Johana Gustawsson review – gritty, scary, funny and full of heart crime writing
Books

Yule Island by Johana Gustawsson review – gritty, scary, funny and full of heart crime writing

Gaslight by Femi Kayode review – a powerful evocation of today’s Nigeria
Gaslight by Femi Kayode
Books

Gaslight by Femi Kayode review – a powerful evocation of today’s Nigeria

How Star Wars Holiday Special became more powerful than George Lucas could possibly imagine
Darth Vader in the Star Wars Holiday Special
Film

How Star Wars Holiday Special became more powerful than George Lucas could possibly imagine

Deck the halls with hits and follies: The greatest Christmas albums of 2023, ranked
Christmas albums 2023: Johnny Mathis, Cher, Hannah Waddingham, RuPaul and Wheatus
Christmas

Deck the halls with hits and follies: The greatest Christmas albums of 2023, ranked

The Coiled Serpent by Camilla Grudova review – unsettling short stories of grimy austerity
The Coiled Serpent by Camilla Grudova is out now (Atlantic Books, £14.99)
Books

The Coiled Serpent by Camilla Grudova review – unsettling short stories of grimy austerity

Bad Taste by Nathalie Olah review – relentlessly anti-capitalist
Bad Taste: Or the Politics of Ugliness by Nathalie Olah
Books

Bad Taste by Nathalie Olah review – relentlessly anti-capitalist