Katy Guest is the literary editor of the Independent on Sunday
23 March 2014 12:00 AM
I am not banning books, or pink, or snot. I'll recommend books that open the world for children
We stopped reviewing books explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys - the response was incredible. Here, we answer some of our readers' questions
18 March 2014 04:15 PM
We're not planning to judge books by their cover or ban glitter
Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
16 March 2014 12:01 AM
A good read is just that. Ask any child, regardless of gender, says IoS literary editor Katy Guest
09 March 2014 12:00 AM
No wonder the Department for Education fell for a satirical article
02 March 2014 12:00 AM
A L Kennedy’s books should come with a warning: “These stories may break your heart.”
01 March 2014 07:14 PM
A lovely story being passed around by smug marrieds on social media at the moment concerns a young American man, Nate Bagley, who spent a year interviewing happy couples to try to figure out what successful relationships are made of.
23 February 2014 12:00 AM
“Nobody ever warned me about mirrors”, begins the girl narrator of Boy, Snow, Bird – a novel that is primarily concerned with looks and surfaces, and the deceits that they can conceal.
23 February 2014 12:00 AM
What do Jerry Hall, George Osborne and I all have in common? Careful now …. On this occasion, it is not our enormous personal fortunes. Nor is it our love of literature – Jerry and I have both judged prizes but George's author wife, Frances, is the bookish one in the Osborne family. It is not even that we all have the kind of face that you just want to … photograph. What we all share at the moment is that everyone's going on about our hair. Poor us.
16 February 2014 12:00 AM
Did the Royal Mail divert all the sacks full of Valentine's cards that were sent to you on Friday and redirect them instead to flood-hit areas to be used as makeshift sandbags? Did you receive lots of emails with saucy subject lines which revealed themselves to be romantic pizza-for-two offers from Domino's? Did you battle your way back from work on public transport, buffeted about the head by try-hard couples and competitively large bouquets of imported roses? Or were you one of the lucky ones: did you come home to find your beloved entirely covered in wilting rose petals and brandishing a gift recommended in a "last minute Valentine's" feature? Was it soap? Bad luck.
09 February 2014 12:00 AM
I wonder if Mary Berry is a fan of the Jenny Joseph poem, "Warning", which begins: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple/ With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me …." Ms Berry is of course a style icon and would never wear anything that didn't suit her. But what makes her so cool is that she doesn't seem to care what anyone else thinks of her: she dresses only to please herself. I wouldn't be surprised if, like Jenny Joseph, she spends all her pension "on brandy and summer gloves, and satin sandals, and say[s] we've no money for butter". Apart from the butter. Mary Berry would always have a bit of butter with her brandy.
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- 1 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader