Katy Guest

Katy Guest is the literary editor of the Independent on Sunday

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Book review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s eighth novel is her first since Room (2010), which was inspired by the Joseph Fritzl case and propelled her to global bestseller status from the ranks of the excellent-but-underappreciated historical novelists. Like Room, this novel is also based on a real life crime, but a very different one. Set in 1876 San Francisco, a city sweltering under a heatwave, a smallpox epidemic and festering racism and fear, it begins somewhat daringly with the murder of its best character.

Check your privilege: you might be surprised

Being white or male is itself a privilege - and if you didn't realise that, it's probably about time you did

Britain's smog: Killer dust wipes the floor with boring fumes

There seems little point in writing this, in soon-to-be post-apocalyptic Britain, with "deadly smog" leaving everyone "gasping for breath" and increasing all our chances of death by up to 100 per cent. We know that Independent on Sunday readers are a dedicated bunch, but even the Weekend Newspaper of the Year readers are unlikely to pop out for a paper with killer smog around.

Gwyneth Paltrow was subjected to a flood of Twitter insults after she announced her marriage break-up

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split: Enough ‘hating’. It’s time to grow up

Why expend your time and energy on something you dislike? Stoking negative emotions can cause untold misery

Books published by a company owned by Michael O’Mara have been accused of ‘alienating’ children

Independent on Sunday's promise to never review gender-specific books goes viral

Between the covers: What's really going on in the world of books

Books for girls - or boys?

This week, I've been mostly a saintly Nazi

I am not banning books, or pink, or snot. I'll recommend books that open the world for children

Books published by a company owned by Michael O’Mara have been accused of ‘alienating’ children
Katniss Everdeen, as played by Jennifer Lawrence, is a hero for girls and boys

Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex

A good read is just that. Ask any child, regardless of gender, says IoS literary editor Katy Guest

The article that appeared on the Department for Education website for a month before it was deleted

Michael Gove is a spoof. Now it all makes sense

No wonder the Department for Education fell for a satirical article

Book reviews: All The Rage by A L Kennedy

A L Kennedy’s books should come with a warning: “These stories may break your heart.”

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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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