Adam Jacques

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

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Gabrielle: The pop star on 20 years in the business, her Swarovski eye patch, and sneaking out to McDonald's

I had a difficult childhood I even felt I didn't deserve a place on Earth, and people were always taking the piss over my droopy eyelid. So no one was expecting me to do anything of note before "Dreams" [her chart-topping debut single, released in 1993]. Now I say to myself: "I am worthy, I am of good character with a little bit of talent sprinkled in there, too."

How we met: Bill Kenwright & GF Newman

'I think football is one of the greatest forms of theatre – but just you try to explain that to him…'

The Paperwhite solidifies Kindle's position as leader in the e-reading market

A week with: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - the best way to read Fifty Shades of Grey in a darkened room

The market's best e-reader just keeps on getting better, though it's Amazon's infrastructure that really deals the killer blow to would-be rivals

How we met: Jason Hughes & Michael Sheen

'When we asked him to help clean the house… well, you've never seen rage like it'

Terry Deary: The 'Horrible Histories' writer on the evils of empire and Whitehall 'muppets'

I know nothing about history I'm not a historian. I am a children's author, and I had 50 fiction books published long before the Horrible Histories series [which have sold more than 25 million copies] came along.

June Brown: The 'EastEnders' actress on dissecting rabbits, lost colleagues, and why children shouldn't be given choices

I was having the worst year of my life before the offer from 'EastEnders' came through I was 58, my kids were grown up, and I had no money and few offers. At the time [Brown took the role of Dot Cotton in 1985], it was felt that you shouldn't be in a soap for long because it would ruin your career, but I remember thinking, "What career?" So I took it.

How we met: Charlie Higson & Suggs

'Suggs and his wife came to our door with a cake. I'm a shy, socially awkward person and I didn't know who they were'

Dr Pixie McKenna: The 'Embarrassing Bodies' GP talks paranoia, porn and planning ahead

I've met people who've used breast milk to cure infections and builders using WD-40 for joints, which they were evangelical about. Some are even crazier. People try all sorts of remedies in the privacy of their own home; they do it because there are lots of conditions for which we don't have any cures: eczema, asthma, arthritis. It's the hardest thing for me as a doctor when I say to a patient, "There's no cure for this."

How we met: Steve Cradock & Bradley Wiggins

'Steve shoved a guitar in my hands. The next minute, I'm being dragged on to the stage…'

How we met: Sami Tamimi & Yotam Ottolenghi

'We shared an incomprehension of traditional English food: what's a mince pie? Why does it sit under the bed for a year?'

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