Oscar Quine

Oscar Quine is a writer, reporter and editorial assistant across The Independent titles.

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Jeffrey Archer interview: The best-selling author and former politician on good yarns, early starts and bouncing back

Archer was a Conservative MP and deputy chairman of the party, but his political career ended in 1999 when he was found guilty of committing perjury during a libel case. His 34 books have gone on to sell many millions

Courtney Barnett interview: The Melbourne singer-songwriter is the voice-of-a-generation

Twentysomethings don’t like the look of the future, and no one articulates their feelings more eloquently than the Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Oscar Quine met her

Pauline McLynn interview: Father Ted's Mrs Doyle on fear, families and fruit tea

McLynn is an Irish actress and author, who played Mrs Doyle in Channel 4's sitcom 'Father Ted'. She has also appeared in 'Shameless', 'EastEnders' and 'Bremner, Bird and Fortune' and has written seven novels

Hampstead's Jack Straw's Castle

Last orders: Campaign launched to protect Britain's endangered post-war pubs

Rising duties, the lower price of supermarket alcohol and more varied nightlife have contributed to pubs closing at a rate of 29 a week in the UK

Worktown by David Hall, book review: Story of Mass Observation experiment misses social bias

Hall's book tells the story of the birth of Mass Observation, which gauges the public's mood and their attitudes towards current affairs

Tourists begin their journey home from Sousse in June

Sousse beach massacre: Are we getting trauma treatment for victims right?

Experts have urged the Cabinet Office to implement a comprehensive screening procedure for post-traumatic stress disorder, as Oscar Quine reports

Van Outen says: 'I think I'm far more of a dolly-bird Essex girl than a ladette really. But I did have a gob on me.'

Denise Van Outen interview: The former Big Breakfast presenter on TV without rules, and why she was never really a ladette

Van Outen is an actress, singer, dancer and TV presenter, best-known for presenting ‘The Big Breakfast’ in the late 1990s and for starring in ‘Chicago’ in the West End and on Broadway

Liz Kendall interview: The MP on rap music, Margaret Thatcher, and hiding her holiday snaps

Kendall joined the Labour Party in 1992, was elected MP for Leicester West in 2010, and was appointed Shadow Minister for Care and Older People a year later. She is currently standing for election to become leader of the Labour Party

A decline in bees has led to a rise in bee rustling (Getty)

Bee rustling: Antiquated crime is on the rise – because there's money in honey

A decline in bee numbers means hives, and queens, are worth more

RuPaul interview: The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head

RuPaul is best-known in the UK for his reality TV show 'Ru- Paul's Drag Race', and has released three albums, modelled, written an autobiography and presented a chat show

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