Annie Lennox talks growing up, women’s rights and her new Christmas album, produced in aid of her HIV/Aids charity. Also in this bumper festive issue… We launch our Hopes & Dreams campaignand ask you to ask vendors what they want for the coming year… Coldplay frontman Chris Martin talks Crisis at Christmas and secret gigs… John Bird writes an open letter to future queen Kate Middleton… PLUS: Archive interviews with women who’ve defined an era available free from this site – click here to download.

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