Susie Mesure

I am a freelance writer and reviewer based in London. I write interviews, book reviews, features and comment pieces for many newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Times, The ipaper, The Times, The Spectator, The Telegraph and The Financial Times.

I particularly love interviewing authors about their latest work. Recent favourites include Booker prize winner Damon Galgut and Mick Herron, spy world’s new John Le CarrĂ©. Chatting to debut novelist Louise Kennedy was a delight. I’m also interested in anyone with a great story or in the news, like Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer.

I spend most of my spare time reading, often something new but not always. Two of my top books of 2022 were older ones: The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili, a Georgian War and Peace, and Mermaid Singing, by Chairman Clift, a memoir about Greek island life in the 1950s, recently republished in the UK. My reviews for the Spectator are here. And my ipaper portfolio is here.

Before freelancing, I was a senior writer at the Independent on Sunday and the Independent (until the print titles folded in 2016), covering everything from retail for the business desk to trends in food and more. We took a family sabbatical in 2017/18 to spend time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I took some creative writing classes at the University of Michigan.

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Happy reading.