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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Let’s stop making a fuss about fussy eating

Justine Brooks was a picky eater and so was her daughter. And forcing them to try things they didn't want achieved nothing.
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My best friend

Ahead of National Friendship Day on Sunday, Justine Brooks tells us why river deep, mountain high, separate continents be damned – some mates are forever. Wherever they are.
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Why I ❤️ Studio Ghibli

It’s 30 years since Castle in the Sky, the first of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated tales for Studio Ghibli, was released. Justine Brooks says a heartfelt thanks for the magic.
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Midsummer madness

Justine Brooks bloody loves a solstice. On Midsummer’s Day, she tells us why.
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Rated or Dated: Blue Lines

Twenty-five years after its release, Justine Brooks asks if Massive Attack's debut album has stood the test of time.
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I Make the Best… Special Fried Chicken

After a snap poll of Standard Issue staffers, we came to the conclusion everyone has a signature dish they’re willing to brag about. Prepare for your mouth to water thanks to Justine Brooks’ very special fried chicken.
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Letter to my hometown: a new Deal

There’s nothing so motivating in life as the ‘fuck-you’ energy you find at rock bottom, writes Justine Brooks.
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Take the heat off summer babies

New rules relating to when the school bell has to ring for kids born between April and August would have saved Justine Brooks a lot of worry while allowing her daughter to revel in the magic of reception class.
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Stop, look and listen

Eleven-year-old Ben Vodden took his own life as a result of what his school-bus driver described as “banter”. Ben’s father Paul, the author of a new report calling for certified driver training, talked to Justine Brooks.
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Glad Rags

In the latest of a series that sees Standard Issue writers celebrate the clothes that make them happy, Justine Brooks channels her gran in a bit of lamé schmutter.