Adam Jacques

Adam Jacques is a features writer for The Independent on Sunday.

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Paretsky says: 'My fantasy is to live in a cave in the Italian hills, but with electricity, and a beautiful boy bringing me a cappuccino every morning'

Sara Paretsky: The crime writer on her alcoholic mother, VI Warshawski, and longing to be free

There is a theme in crime literature of women being either the femme fatale or the victim When I first read Raymond Chandler, in six out of seven of his novels the woman presented herself sexually, and it galvanised me into thinking, surely there are better ways of representing women, who are more believable and had to solve their own problems? [My character, private investigator] VI Warshawski grew out of that, though it took me eight years until I had the courage to put her on page.

Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Friendships get suspended when you're on the track I'm friends with [fellow British cyclists and Olympic and World champions] Laura Trott and Dani King, but when we're competing against each other, even in training, there is a big rivalry that comes alive between us. Then, once we're off the track, we can go back to being friends again.

Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

From the cyclist who maps her rides to the dieter who 3D-scans his belly, 'Quantified Selfers' monitor, mark down and mull over their personal data (often for hours) - and now they’ve got all the technological help they need to feed their obsessions…

Cornelia Parker: The installation artist on mucking out pigs, blowing things up and Michael Gove's 'terrifying' cuts

I never got to play as a child All my spare time was spent working on my family's smallholding. It was a life of drudgery, really, planting vegetables, digging, mucking out the pigs; perhaps that's why I left for art school and became an artist – to work on stuff that had no [practical] use to it.

John Burnside: The poet opens up about his father's cruelty, the hurtfulness of language – and why he walked away from love

I always wanted to be a painter I loved painting. I went on three different art courses but had no talent whatsoever. On the third one, the teacher said to me, "I hear you're a poet?" I said yes, and he said, "I think you should stick to it; put it this way, you're never going to be Cézanne."

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