Katy Guest

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

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Author David Nicholls (Hal Shinnie/ press image from Emma Knight)

Nine books for a desert island, distant planet, or home

Beware: David Nicholls' Us could have you both laughing and crying out loud

Online shopping is no alternative to a trip to the shops

One order went to Cardiff instead of London, another sent teabags instead of a goose
Terry Pratchett

Christmas 2014: Best memoirs and biographies

Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard sees him on top form discussing sci-fi, fantasy, assisted dying, NHS funding, orang-utans, and Alzheimer’s

The police may mean well, but they're wrong to tell women to 'try and avoid walking alone at night'

If we don't want to be sexually assaulted outside, then it's on us to stay indoors
Context is all when it comes to delivering a genuine compliment

The rules to giving compliments? It's a real minefield

There's a difference between 'Nice trousers, I love that colour', and 'Nice trousers, they really show how firm your thighs are...'
Emily Thornberry

Left-leaning patriots unite! Let's get straight about Ukip

Ed Miliband should turn his back on Ukip voters and pitch Labour as the true party of decent working-class people

Cry at penguins in ads? Well done: you're highly evolved

I only have to recall an emotional situation and I'm watering the plants

Cancer victims deserve more than cartoon condescension

Channel 4's fundraiser was a master class in how to patronise people with the disease
It was announced last week that Homebase is to close one in four of its stores

How Homebase could put its house in order

‘The tool man rolled his eyes and said: “What has he told you he needs it for?”’

Trapped in a bookshop? My idea of heaven

I would have had more fun than Dave. Rearranged all the books, signed a stack of them and plundered the café...
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'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

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