Katy Guest

Katy Guest is the literary editor of the Independent on Sunday.

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An all-white Shakespearean cast? It's theatre of the absurd

One day, the notion may seem as absurd as Donald Sinden blacking up to play Othello

Sofia Saraiva reads a book with her son Leo, 3

Reading improves relationships and reduces depression symptoms, says new study

We all know the pleasure of curling up with a good read, but now it has proven benefits

Edinburgh Fringe: A pig’s ear of a review - there’s a prize for that

The Ham Fist award aims to embarrass reviewers who get the wrong end of the stick

 

The Man Booker longlist has been announced, and has inspired The Independent's own summer reading awards

What to read this summer if you enjoyed the Man Booker longlist

Already devoured the Man Booker longlist, which was announced on Wednesday? Here are our summer reading awards chosen by our Literary Editor

Ian McEwan was Booker-shortlisted in 2007 for the very slim On Chesil Beach

Novella Award organisers have defined a novel as being a piece of fiction between 20,000 and 40,000 words

Hefty bestsellers are being eclipsed by lighter reading

British cartoonist and illustrator Quentin Blake poses for photographers during the press preview of his exhibition at the House of Illustration in 2014

I am not creative and I'm much happier having accepted the fact

But if I say it, friends react as if I'd just announced that I have an IQ of seven

Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman on display at Foyles in London

Amazon's new 'payment by the page' policy will just result in longer but likely worse literature

Taut prose is harder to write but often much more pleasant to read than someone who blathers on and on

Nell Leyshon

I'm delighted by the suggestion that it's time for Londoners to cut our losses and move up north

These days, William Wordsworth would probably be run over by a bus if he maundered around the A302 at dawn waxing poetic about the Thames

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