Justine Brooks

Justine Brooks

Justine lives in beautiful north Leeds with her 12-year-old daughter and a lurcher called Lionel. She runs a PR and marketing agency and is writing a novel.


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Interview: Cathy Tyson

The powerhouse actor talks feminism, fear and women in authority with Justine Brooks, as they catch up between rehearsals for the world premiere of Winter Hill.
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Glass Ceiling Smashers: She’s a firefighter, first female firefighter

Justine Brooks chatted with the amazing, barrier-busting Josephine Reynolds about Fire Woman, her book detailing her life as Britain’s first female firefighter. 
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I Make the Best… Pearl Barley Salad

After a snap poll of Standard Issue staffers, we came to the conclusion everyone has a signature dish they’re willing to brag about. When it comes to pearl barley salad, Justine Brooks reckons everyone else can take a seat.
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More unisex kids’ clothes, please

Pink, pink and more pink. High heels for babies. Slogans that make you want to gouge your eyes out with a spoon. Justine Brooks gives the silly frills of girls’ clothes a dressing down.
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Sleepless in Chapel Allerton

On World Sleep Day, Justine Brooks tells us how she's learned to live with perhaps the most frustrating bedfellow of all: insomnia.
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Eat Here, Love: Ira B’s

In our continuing series saluting the loveliness of places where we love to scoff when we’re out of the house, Justine Brooks introduces her favourite.
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Kids on social media

In January, Leicestershire police released the short film Kayleigh’s Love Story, the horrific true story of a child groomed online. Many youngsters have since come forward with similar experiences. And yet social media is part of their world. Justine Brooks talks teens and the internet.
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“I’ve tried to remain faithful, but this is a piece of theatre, not a pale imitation”

For the first time, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet of novels is being brought to the stage. Justine Brooks hears how April De Angelis has adapted the intense saga about a lifelong friendship between two women into a two-part play, My Brilliant Friend.
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Bust a move

Justine Brooks has moved house about 30 times in her life (so far). It means she’s become a bit of an expert. She shares some tips.
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Living with dementia

Five years ago, Justine Brooks’ mum was diagnosed with vascular dementia. As Justine has discovered, it’s a disease that moves the goalposts.