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Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown visited Manchester recently and we caught up with her about her new cookbook Comfort. She told us how it was inspired by family baking traditions and how she wants readers to make it their own. She serves up a couple of recipes for Big Issue North readers too.

We report from two German cities this week to find out more about innovative housing projects. Femke Colborne is in Berlin where more and more people are opting to live communally, and Kathrin Ohlmann is in Cologne where homeless people are being given tiny wooden homes.

John Edwards is a former homeless addict who turned his life around and now helps others do the same through his charity Walking Free. He certainly made a statement about how different his life could have turned out when he was buried alive in a coffin for three days. He tells us about the bone-rattling experience.

We’re back in the City of Culture on our arts pages, where young people at Hull Truck Theatre have transported Dickens a couple of hundred miles north, on our books pages we interview author Bernard MacLaverty about his first novel in 16 years, and Eddie Izzard writes a moving letter to his younger self.

There’s all our usual news, reviews and much more besides – including, of course, our ever-popular crossword and Sudoku.

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