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Album: Lou Rhodes, One Good Thing (Motion Audio)

As the vocalist in Nineties trip-hop duo Lamb, Rhodes proved herself a grand mistress of melancholia, and though she's since headed folk-wards in her solo guise, her mood remains unlifted.

Dan Rhodes: 'Revenge is why I write'

His penned his first book to find a wife, and his subsequent deliciously dark novels to get back at the publisher who ditched him. So let's hope Dan Rhodes hasn't gone soft with his latest, a tear-jerker about a 'museum of suicide'...

Little Hands Clapping, By Dan Rhodes

Early in Dan Rhodes' fourth novel, a drunk meanders down a darkening street, singing about a soldier and his sweetheart. It begins with the soldier asking whether Frieda will love him if he only had one eye, to which Frieda says yes; and ends with him asking if she'll still love him if there's nothing left of him to love, to which she also assents. In the twisted world of Dan Rhodes, it is described as "a simple song of true love" – a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates his macabre and oddly touching attitude towards love, death and obsession.

Dress Code: Zandra Rhodes, designer

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Hopping mad: Hiking and sailing is the perfect way to explore Greece's Dodecanese islands

The inhabitants of Greece's Dodecanese islands are a welcoming bunch. But there is one group of visitors that they seem unable to figure out: hikers.

John, By Niall Williams

There's a lot of elemental weather in Niall Williams's re-imagining of the last days of John the Apostle.

Soldier Boy, By Danny Rhodes

Author of the touching and memorable Asboville, Danny Rhodes returns with a soldier's tale that delivers a late, and startling, ricochet. Short on hope and love alike, young Glaswegian Scottie takes a well-trodden local path and enlists.

Preston apologise for PA gaffe

Preston North End have sent a written apology to the Coventry City defender Ben Turner for the public address announcement that celebrated his own goal during the hosts' 2-1 win at Deepdale on Saturday.

Rhodes tastes defeat in his 'misleading' Flora claims

Advertisement banned over claims that spread is more popular than rivals

James Rhodes, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

A piano recital normally begins when the player hits the keys, but this one began with a blizzard of public interviews and a fuzzy performance on YouTube. When James Rhodes shambles gawkily to the piano and stuffs his fags in it, then launches into a speech about how Chopin and George Sand remind him of his disastrous first marriage, we're back in his PR loop of childhood trauma, booze, drugs and attempted suicide.

Lives Remembered: Jimmy James

Richard Austin James, known as Jimmy, was an early volunteer for war service, experienced some of the sharpest trials and setbacks of British forces and won the Military Cross during intense combat in the battle for Leros in November 1943. Harsh treatment as a prisoner of war meant that he returned to Englandin 1945 weighing only six stone.Cambridge was followed by a career in the Home Office, where he rose to Deputy Under Secretary and became Receiver of the Metropolitan Police.

Boxing: Brook escapes tutors' long shadow by crushing Jones

Kell Brook finally walked from the shadow of his tutors Naseem Hamed, Brendan Ingle and Ryan Rhodes on Saturday night at York Hall, London, when he stopped Rhondda's Barrie Jones in the seventh round to win the vacant British welterweight title.

Legacy, by Philip Ziegler

Rhodes to Oxford

Paperback: Gold, by Dan Rhodes

31-year-old Miyuki Woodward is on her annual solo holiday in Wales, eating junk, relishing missing her lover and counting sneezes. As in most of Rhodes's writing, nothing happens – until something enormous just casually does. More story and less whimsy than much of his work, this retains the bitter humour that fans love. Deceptively light, it is flecked with gold, just like Mijuki's nostrils after spray-painting a rock.

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