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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Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor