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11 Longreads You Need In Your Life Right Now

The best longform reporting, feature stories, and personal essays from BuzzFeed UK over the last month.

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1. Meet The Loud, Fearless, And Feminist Women Of London's Women's Wrestling Scene – Alicia Melville-Smith

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In the wake of the popularity of Netflix series GLOW, which tells the story of the formation of a female wrestling group in the 1980s, BuzzFeed News set out to discover what the real world of women's wrestling was like.

3. Here's What It's Like To Meet Your Online Friends IRL – Hannah Woodhead

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Online I created a persona based on the person I wanted to be. It was a better version of me; it didn’t have all the ugly bits. But I’ve since learned it’s the ugly bits that make us interesting.

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4. Here’s What The Key Players Of The Junior Doctors Dispute Are Doing A Year On – Laura Silver

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One year after the end of a long and bitter dispute over the junior doctors’ contract, the final batch of staff are about to be moved on to it. But those who battled against it are still pushing for change in the NHS.

6. This Is What It Was Like To Go To Jail In England Just For Being Gay – Patrick Strudwick

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Fifty years after homosexuality was partially decriminalised, Keith Biddlecombe tells BuzzFeed News about what happened when he was sent to prison in the 1950s, and the devastating tragedy that unfolded as a result.

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10. This Is Why Prisoners Are Deliberately Reoffending After They Leave Jail – Patrick Smith

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With prisons in crisis and probation services unable to cope with demand, prisoners are routinely leaving jail with nowhere to live and no prospect of employment. BuzzFeed News hears their stories and asks how this can happen in the 21st century.

Chelsey Pippin is commissioning editor for features at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Chelsey Pippin at chelsey.pippin@buzzfeed.com.

Louise Ridley is a News Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Louise Ridley at louise.ridley@buzzfeed.com.

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