Life and Style
 

If you’ve made a resolution to improve your working life, remember the  old adage about dressing for the job you want, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Book review: 'The Dig' by Cynan Jones

Poetry, red in tooth and claw

Kanye West is apparently shelling out a mammoth $250,000 in order to ensure his fiancée Kim Kardashian looks camera-ready at all times.

This is how much it costs Kanye West for Kim Kardashian to look like Kim Kardashian

The eye-watering amount the rapper is shelling out for his fiancée to appear camera-ready at his concerts

One minute with: David Vann, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Gozde Kansu dismissal: Women shouldn't lose their jobs for bearing the ‘assets’ they were hired for

The Turkish TV presenter said 'sacrificing' her was the easiest option for producers

Model wears: Sweater £350, studionicholson.com; sequinned skirt £250, Topshop Unique, topshop.com; heels: £292.50, pedrogarcia.com; clutch bag: £45, coast-stores.com

A rose by any other name

Think pink with the sweetest palette of the season, says Emma Akbareian

With a dark, autumnal colour palette and plenty of quirky touches, the Abigail Ahern Debenham's collection launches on 1 September. It includes this schnauzer cushion. £40, and a rather fine hare table lamp, £85, debenhams.com

Dark side of the room

Abigail Ahern’s new range for Debenhams blends quirky animal life with darker tones. It isn’t what you’d call bright and breezy, says Trish Lorenz

One minute with: Meg Rosoff, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Jacket required

You don't need to wear a suit to look smart in the summer: a mix-but-don't-match sports coat comes into its own this season

Album: Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (Hollywood)

Stars Dance is nominally by Selena Gomez, the 21-year-old Disney actress and Bieber girlfriend, but in reality it could be by almost anyone.

Paperback review: Lionel Asbo, By Martin Amis

Martin Amis's latest, set in the working-class purlieus of “Diston”, concerns Lionel Asbo, lotto-winning oik, and his nephew, Des. Having slept with his granny (Lionel's mother) as a teenager, Des fears that Asbo will discover his secret – and set the pitbulls on him.

Top £30, River Island, riverisland.com; swimsuit £180, Hilda Maha, hildamaha.com; sunglasses £215, Prada, 0844 264 0870

Fashion shoot: Sugar, spice, and everything nice

Pastels are never passé: sugared-almond shades of peach, lilac and baby blue are the perfect sun-bleached tones to offset tawny skin this summer

Kanye West's Yeezus does more than previous records to deconstruct his status as a hip-hop superstar

Rapper Kanye West attacked by Parkinson's UK charity over 'inexcusably stupid' shaking lyric on track from new album Yeezus

Kanye West has been accused of ignorance and stupidity after the rapper mocked Parkinson’s disease sufferers on his new album.

The Risk wax lyrical about rivals One Direction

Boyband The Risk waxed lyrical about their heroes One Direction after a visit to Madame Tussauds to see their figures.

Jacket £282.64, trousers £144.77, both by J Crew, jcrew.com; shirt £29.99, Zara.com; tie £50, Hentch Man, hentchman.com; pocket square £10, Topman.com

The boys in blue

Summer suiting comes in every sapphire shade. Here is the high street's take on menswear's current love affair with blue-collar style

To the beach! Your ultimate seaside checklist...

(From left to right) 1. Striped tote, £55, bananarepublic.co.uk

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness