Katy Guest

Katy Guest is the literary editor of the Independent on Sunday

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Children's literature has a new heroine in eight-year-old Els - the girl behind a petition against gender-specific books

Sometimes, children see things more clearly than grown-ups, and we should listen to them

The writer Xinran in her London flat

Xinran interview: Buy Me the Sky author on why her book is inspired by China's one-child policy

She is sought out as an expert on everything Chinese, yet on her visits home she feels alienated by the pace of change in China’s cities

Unexpected technology in the bragging area

Trials are taking place of a global positioning system for wandering groceries

The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall: A leader for the pack

This setting provides a perfect playground for Hall’s gorgeously visceral prose

'Swivel-eyed' an insult? Let me compare thee to the Bard

But we don't have to look as far as Shakespeare to find a better class of political abuse than this

Salman Rushdie was the 2014 recipient of the PEN/Pinter Prize for outstanding literary achievement

It takes real bravery to speak against accepted good taste — and Salman Rushdie has waded right in

I still love Thomas Hardy. There, I've said it

The actress Ashley Judd was recently bombarded with hateful messages after she tweeted about a game of American Football

Some of the activity on Twitter last week made me wonder: were people always so mean?

What can we do to pour oil on all of this boiling rage? I wish that someone would sort it out soon - it's making me feel so cross…

Emma Watson is an ambassador for the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign

Chivalry is dead, long live common courtesy

If you're on a date with Emma Watson and she offers to buy dinner, just grin and bear it

International Women's Day 2015: Maybe I'm amazed at the wonder of women

Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels

Woman taking a shower, rear view

Women: there's nothing wrong with not washing every day

I can’t wait to see the surveys about whether men should go back to work after having children

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions