Susie Mesure

Susie Mesure writes interviews, news and features for the Independent on Sunday, Independent and i, and has done for the last ten years or so give or take two lengthy maternity leaves. She is interested in just about any topic, especially anything Scandinavian, food, or consumer-orientated, and used to be the Independent’s Retail Correspondent

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Children's author Sam McBratney: 'You know the Narnia books? I’ve only come across one child who really appreciated those books'

'You don’t get child prodigies writing books, because there is so much to be learnt about the art of writing'

Sheila Kitzinger attends a benefit screening of the documentary ‘The Business of Being Born’ in Sydney in 2007

A Passion for Birth: My Life, Anthropology, Family and Feminism, by Sheila Kitzinger, Book review

It is a book that will make the uninitiated hungry to seek out her earlier work, and a perfect eulogy to a life well lived.

A baby is born and weighed

Bloodied, battered and high on painkillers: the brutal reality of natural childbirth

13 per cent of mothers at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital, where I had all three of my children, opted for a C-section before they’d got anywhere near a delivery room

Danish noir: The writer Dorthe Nors believes that in today’s always-on-show world of online crowing, people are ‘desperate to be seen as happy, because that is to be successful’

Dorthe Nors: 'You can't escape your own existence. But you're not supposed to say that in Denmark'

The queen of the nordic short story spills Denmark’s dark secret

Staff assemble outside the old City Road offices in London

25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

On 28 January 1990, the very first issue was published. Susie Mesure revisits 25 stories and writers, while staff who were there on day one, and still work here now, remember the early days

Life in Scandinavia has an awful lot going for it

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell, book review: Scandi life has a long lust list

A ‘how-to’ guide on seeking the Scandinavian dream

Geilo has many child-friendly runs and activities

School-holiday skiing in Norway for all the family

Forget the Alps and head north to Geilo's empty runs and queueless lifts, says Susie Mesure

Paul and Rob Forkan

Gandys Flip Flops: How the funky footwear brand was created

They were young brothers with a single GCSE between them and an unlikely vision that could help orphans like themselves. But it was only when Paul and Rob Forkan revealed the truth of their tragic past that the future began to look bright for Gandys Flip Flops

Julia Donaldson interview: Even with 160 children's titles to her name, she insists 'no part of writing is easy'

Donaldson: 'I’ve heard that something like a third of all books sold are children’s books but if you look at the review space given you could be forgiven for thinking it was three-hundredths'

Julia Donaldson isn't

Julia Donaldson: 'Don't push books on teens, they'll come back later'

Some prefer kicking a ball, and that's fine, says former Children's Laureate
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