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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Linda Grant: ‘Who would I be if I wasn’t writing?’

If you’re the sort of reader who devours Linda Grant’s novels while wondering just how much Linda Grant they contain – spoiler alert: usually nothing; clue’s in the word “novel” –  well, you’re in for a treat with her latest. “I sort of like Adele more than I like myself in my way,” she admits, over a coffee in her newest north London hangout, an art house cinema (what else, it’s Crouch End?).

Dried-placenta capsules have been caught up in GM food rules

Mothers face ban on taking placenta pills

Eating afterbirth is an ancient practice, but now the EU is considering outlawing the capsules
Straightforward Hema style

Hema arrives in Britain: A trip to the shop will soon mean going Dutch

The store that's big in Holland looks set to give UK retail a boost – and challenge Ikea
At 25, wine-lover Paisley Tara Kennett is already the general manager of Sager + Wilde wine bar in London

Move over, men of the wine world, and make way for the sommelière

More women are taking on the traditionally male-dominated role of wine waiter, and Britain leads the field

When we stop children taking risks, do we stunt their emotional growth?

Playgrounds are closing down. Parents rarely let their kids out of sight. Society is hamstrung by ‘health and safety', says Susie Mesure
Writers’ TImes: Co-authors Hislop and Newman

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman: Burt Reynolds, the 'Private Eye' guy and the other one

The long-term writing partners tell Susie Mesure how a disastrous experience with a confused Hollywood megastar led to their first play together since their teens

A Curious Career by Lynn Barber; book review

The interviewing legend that is Lynn Barber styles herself as the queen of nosiness, a virtue she credits for launching and sustaining her career for a good five decades. Indeed, A Curious Career, the latest instalment of her strung-out autobiography, pays tribute to The Value of Nosiness in the very first chapter.

Sir Howard Panter

Sir Howard Panter: All the world's his stage

He is the man behind our biggest shows. Now he plans to make British theatre a global force, he tells Susie Mesure
A bad harvest and soaring demands have endangered the grain needed to make spelt

Spelt shortage: High demand and a poor harvest has left mills unable to supply bakeries

Popularity of a non-wheat alternative means rationing – even at Waitrose

The NHS and me: A tale of two sicknesses

Director Max Stafford-Clark’s 2006 stroke has now inspired a play, written by wife Stella Feehily

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum