We Love: Made for walking - According to current theory, there is no such thing as too many pairs of shoes. So joyous news, then, that new brand Purified has emerged from the creative depths of east London to fill in any high-end footwear gaps. £325, purifiedfootwear.com

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1. ASOS: £32, asos.com - Get the global-traveller look that is sweeping the catwalks just now, with these flat, red leather sandals embellished with a chunky orange top-stitch detail.

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Bageye at the Wheel, By Colin Grant

Back in the early 1970s, Luton's population is mainly white and working-class, with a handful of Afro-Caribbean families. Among them are the Grants and, in the person of the eponymous Bageye, they have a formidable paterfamilias. Bageye takes his meals alone in Victorian fashion, eating before his wife and five pickney. The pickney try to make themselves invisible, because they go in perpetual fear of their father.

Paul Gallagher guides Prince De Beauchene (left) to glory in the John Smith's Handicap at Aintree last April

Walsh lined up for National favourite

Barely has the ink dried on the Cheltenham Festival formbook than plans are being mooted for the next major pitstop on the domestic spring circuit. And for all the prestige of the top events at Prestbury Park, it is the Grand National, with a purse just a whisker short of £1m, that provides the richest single-race pickings of the season.

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Book Of A Lifetime: To Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

Set in the fictional Maycomb County, Alabama, in the 1930s, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is simply about black and white. It is a gentle portrayal of the extremes of racism suffered by black people, and the way that white liberals like lawyer Atticus Finch negotiate the criss-cross of fine lines through their society. Scout and Jem, the children of Finch, episodically live through three years during which their father takes on the case of his lifetime: defending Tom Robinson against a rape charge brought by Mayella Ewell.

All yours: adults-only Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica has
had a revamp

The price is right on an all-inclusive holiday

From poolside drinks to meals and transfers, the extras on your dream trip can soon add up. The solution? An all-in-one package.

Lace top, £1,110, by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 5 Portobello Green, London W10, 020-8968 1542; silk skirt, £927, by Rochas, from Joseph, 16 Sloane St, London SW1, 020-7235 1991; earrings (worn throughout), £320, by Prada, 16-18 Old Bond St, London W1, 020-7647 5000
Beneath the Aryan ideal: Childhood in the Third Reich

Trieste, By Dasa Drndic, trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac

This extraordinary work of fiction concludes with the narrator, Haya Tedeschi, reflecting on all she has compiled in eight long years of research and remembering. "I have arranged a multitude of lives, a pile of the past, into an inscrutable, incoherent series of occurrences... I have dug up all the graves of imagination and longing... I have rummaged through a stored series of certainties without finding a trace of logic." It is the inscrutable incoherence of this phenomenal trajectory of events, hurtling through the recapitulation of three generations of one family from the Second World War to the present, that endows the story with a unique drive and veracity.

Jamie Hewlett-designed Chuck Taylor shoes

Trending: Are Gorillaz really 'selling their soles'?

This week, an all-star line-up of three of the best acts of the 21st century (or parts of them, at least) will team up for a new collaboration. It's not for a Brits spectacular, but for a track called "Do Ya Thing" featuring Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and OutKast's André 3000, and funded, and given away by, Nike-owned Converse.

On The Road: Saved by the sun after a ride in an airborne freezer

Despite a thorough layering technique, investment in the best thermals money can buy and the consumption of a cheeky vin chaud (internal warming – very important), we were frozen to the core.

Chris Huhne and ex-wife in the dock

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne made his first appearance in court today over a charge of perverting the course of justice after he allegedly dodged a speeding penalty.

Trending: Blue Ivy's got 99 problems but a trademark ain't one

It has emerged that Beyoncé and Jay-Z applied for a patent application for the name of their daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 26 – just three weeks after she was born.

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