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Whether you opt for sugary pastels or classic black, spring’s lightweight tailoring will instantly smarten your wardrobe, whatever the occasion

Burning Bright, By Ron Rash

The quest for dignity, even in adversity

Who says romance is dead?

A surfeit of pink-jacketed 'chick-lit' might be hazardous, but women's fiction remains in rude health, says Alexandra Heminsley

Tales From The Water Cooler: An exclusive club is, well, exclusive

Men are often assured that there’s nothing more suave than a well-cut suit. But as with mother-in-law jokes, so with fashion: context is everything.

My Morning Jacket, Somerset House, London

Live, My Morning Jacket are awesome – you could play them against Foo Fighters with no doubt at all as to who would be the winners. They begin with a five-song assault that seems to cow even the weather on a day of repeated downpours – the cloud gods only dare to release more water once the two-hour set has finished. In between, Jim James whirls like a dervish in a raincoat and a Rebekah Brooks wig, glowing sampler round his neck before switching to guitar. His fellow lead guitarist, Carl Broemel bashes, tugs and bends soaring licks from his own axe.

Country casual: Wardrobe basics this summer wherever you roam

It's all about sharp stripes, light jackets and cool colours this summer...

'Thriller' jacket sells for £1.1m

A famed black-and-red calfskin jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the "Thriller" music video has sold at auction for $1.8m (£1.1m). Darren Julien, the president of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, said Milton Verret, a commodities trader from Austin, Texas, bought the jacket on Sunday.

Video: Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket up for auction

The red jacket Michael Jackson wore in his Thriller video is going up for auction.

Album: My Morning Jacket, Circuital (V2)

The sixth album by these Kentucky alt-country types sees them risk destroying forever the aura of existential gravitas they've accrued with the previous five.

Ready To Wear: You can tell a lot about a person by their jacket

You can tell a lot about a designer by the way they approach the design of a classic black jacket. And you can tell a lot about a person by the classic black jacket they choose to wear.

Rain man: The best summer jackets for men

Whatever summer has in store, there's a jacket for every occasion...

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Ready To Wear: I won't be put off by going head-to-head with an icon

We're off to Chesil Beach for a mini-break.

Five questions about... car breakdown cover

Car breakdowns will rise by almost a third during the winter, according to the AA, as the cold, wet and ice affect vehicles. If you don't have breakdown cover, now is the time to buy it.

Jacket required: Key buys for early autumn

From shearling aviators to sleek, classic blazers, they’re a key buy for early autumn. But which style to choose? Gemma Hayward does the hard work for you

The ten best men's jackets

Chosen by Carola Long

'Tome Raider' jailed for stealing rare books

A book thief nicknamed the "Tome Raider" who stole 13 antique books worth £40,000 from a London library was jailed for three-and-a-half years yesterday.

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