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Issue 1466 - Spirit Of Independence

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Bookshops of Britain
For Independent Bookshop Week we celebrate the bold, the brave and the beautiful shops that are propping up high streets and serving as community hubs. We also recognise the important roles libraries play and hear about how there’s much more going on than book borrowing nowadays. And if you’re not already convinced we add up the economic benefit of making sure everyone has access to books.

Bob in Japan
It’s been a year since Street Cat Bob died, but his legacy lives on. We visit the sheltered accommodation opened in his memory that helps people who are homeless in Tokyo not have to separate from their pets.

Rev Richard Coles
The reluctant national treasure writes a Letter To My Younger Self where he speaks movingly about losing the love of his life.

Also inside
- The economic tide is (hopefully) turning so we provide some top tips on brushing up your skills and expertise
- Has a charity really banned the word mother? We find the Fact/Fiction
- Acclaimed author David Mitchell writes about how books changed the way he understood the world from his autistic son’s perspective
- We dig into why closing archaeology departments at universities is such bad news
- We also meet Jules in Leicester who is finally getting to know the city she recently moved to last year now that lockdown is lifted
Plus much more!

The Big Issue

The Big Issue’s own-brand products support the creation of a range of work-based opportunities for disadvantaged people.
The Big Issue has spent over 27 years at the helm of self-help revolution. It all began with the launch of The Big Issue magazine in 1991, which was created to offer homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by selling a magazine on the streets. Since then over 200 million copies magazine have been sold by over 100,000 people. Vendors buy the magazine upfront for £1.50 and sell it on to the public for £3.00, and in doing so each runs their own micro-enterprise. In 2005 Big Issue Invest was launched, with the aim of extending The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of social enterprises and charities across the UK. To date the organisation has directly invested in over 350 such organisations, and manages or advises on more than £170 million of social funds.
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