Issue 1149

12 Sep 2016
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About this issue: Overview

Gay pride events are all about the boozing, half-naked dancing and corporate sponsors, right? Wrong. A new breed of smaller local celebrations is giving LGBT people the chance to break down barriers in towns across the north, reports Christian Lisseman.

Islamic State is rewarding its fighters in Libya with sex slaves captured from among the many migrants heading across the country for Europe. Some of the women who have since escaped tell Selam Gebrekidan about their harrowing ordeal.

Jonathan Pie is the voice of reason for many disillusioned consumers of news. Nicola Mostyn talks to Tom Walker, the man behind the hilarious character of the irate news reporter.

We review Amy Schumer’s new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, and interview author Justin Cartwright about his 20th novel, Up Against the Night. Elsewhere in reviews, there’s MIA’s apparently final album, plus the latest games – Unbox, Worms WMD and The Turing Test.

There’s news about a mass participation art project in Pendle, aiming to improve community cohesion, and the first prosecutions under new coercive control legislation, which tackles non-violent domestic abuse.

Actor and comedian Matt Berry writes a letter to his younger self, there’s our crossword and Sudoku – and much more.

In this issue: Featured articles