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Acerbic celeb saboteur. Award-winning, self-deprecating stand-up. Spiritual, vegan film director. And now the author of a hilarious memoir. Winq enters the world of Simon Amstell

To write that “Simon Amstell is back” would imply that he ever went anywhere in the first place (he didn’t). But there’s no arguing with the fact that the 37-year-old comedian has had quite the year — in fact, calling him a comedian doesn’t really cut it any more. For this year he released Carnage, a searingly hillarious mockumentary about vegans starring a who’s who of British actors (on iPlayer), will be embarking on his fifth UK stand-up tour right now if you’re reading this hot offthe press, and has written a memoir-cum-self-help book called, well, Help.

Ten years ago, Amstell may have been better known as a master agitator of celebrities on panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, but these days he’s happy to bare his flaws for all to see live on stage. And if you’re unlucky and find yourself without a ticket to his new show, What is this? then his book blends some of the best moments from his tours to date with some eye-wateringly honest anecdotes from his life so far.

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The new autumn issue of Winq includes a world-exclusive interview with Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin as his long-awaited memoir is published. And Booker-Prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst gives his first interview about his latest novel, The Sparsholt Affair. We also chat to Andrea Riseborough about playing Billie Jean King’s girlfriend in Hollywood movie Battle of the Sexes, and comedian Simon Amstell tells us about mixing stand-up with self-help. We look at the reality of gay life in South Africa, often held up as the most accepting country in Africa, and examine the reasons why Scandinavia has become one of the most liberal parts of the world. Plus we meet the gay man who looks after London Zoo’s gay penguins!

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