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Need a home office? Or somewhere to sew? Or even a place just to sort bills without everyone else in your face? Carve out your own space, says Caroline Clifton-Mogg in A Space of My Own (£19.99, Ryland Peters), "and you'll be more productive, more organised, even more creative". Her book is full of inspiring tips to transform tiny corners and spare rooms into just that. Here are my faves (plus a few of my own).

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Harriet Walker: Can you combine comfort with cool?

Another season of shows passed, all with more worrying new trends to analyse than a government-official's notebook, and yet another shopping list to draw up. I've made a pact with myself only to buy things I don't need from now on – and that's not me being all cool and off-the-wall, it's purely pragmatic.

Deborah Ross: New clothes are a ticket to nowhere fast

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Go to great lengths: Skirts are longer this season

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Diaries Volume One 1939-1960, By Christopher Isherwood

In her introduction to this vast, immaculately produced book, its editor Katherine Bucknell notes that Christopher Isherwood's handwritten diaries, which he maintained at great daily length (excepting a "wild" spell in the late Forties), contained "hardly any mistakes of any kind. The diaries are an endless transcript of life – without blot, without error, without misstatement, without verbal crime." As with the essays of his contemporary George Orwell, you could read this book as a primer on style. Bucknell points out that "page upon page reflect the clarity of his mind, his absolute mastery of syntax, his easy ranging, precise diction, his effortless power of description."

Deborah Ross: 'It’s no fun having the red tops up your skirt'

If you ask me, it's a sad day when the red tops look up J-Lo's skirt and report back that she has "dimpled thighs". It's a sad day for J-Lo and a sad day for all those dimpled thighs who just want to get on with their business quietly. "I never bother anyone when I go about my dimpling," one such thigh says. "I dimple in the mornings, and then tend to read for the afternoon. I like Philip Roth."

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