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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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