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In brief: Annie Stanley, All at Sea; Some Answers Without Questions; Unexplained Deaths. A charming novel about a woman’s midlife crisis, timely reflections on female creativity and the woman who revolutionised murder investigations
Harvesting fruit and veg? Here are my top tips for better flavour. Use waterproof packaging to prevent moisture loss, then chill and eat as soon as you can
Professional dog walkers in London sound alarm over curbs on numbers of petsFour-dog limit on Hampstead Heath means up to 700 animals could miss daily exercise Up to 100 professional dog walkers could be barred from green space controlled by the Corporation of London. Photograph: Robert Stainforth/Alamy
It’s too hot for sleep, or anything except restless thoughts…. Cardboard beds, norovirus, stinking wheely bins… summer’s heat brings agitated nights
10 of Britain’s best off-grid cabins, lodges and cottages. Turn off, zone out and settle into the peace of nature
Try a swoop of eye colour for a dramatic lookA coloured line across your eyelid is modern, fun – and easy. Plus, a sunscreen that’s feeds your skin A little colour tones down the severity of black, as seen at Valentino Photograph: PR
August is upon us, time to enjoy the garden. There’s lots to do this month. Top of the list: chill
I secretly hate sex and now fear I will lose my girlfriendYou don’t have to be sexual to feel love, but you do have to be open ‘She doesn’t know the real me and I feel like I want to be honest with her.’ Photograph: Klaus Tiedge/Getty Images
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Randy had to help out the brides of Kleinfeld from afar.
"I see people online, looking like I've never looked. And immediately I am like, 'oh my God, how do they look like that?'"
Wearing the perfect summer dress.
Revealed: the secret trauma that inspired German literary giantWG Sebald’s writing on the Holocaust was driven by the anger and distress he felt over his father’s service in Hitler’s army WG Sebald in Paris in 1999, two years before he died in a car accident. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images
Their bromance takes priority.
Tarek allegedly called his ex a "washed-up loser" on set.
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‘The assignment made me gulp’: Could talking to strangers change my life?So often we interact with the world via phones and apps, but what if you struck up a converastion with a random person? A growing body of research suggests we should ‘The point is not to be a nuisance, but to see what happens when I remove the blinkers and am open to interacting with unfamiliar faces’: Jamie Waters. Photograph: Pal Hansen/The Observer
How Nancy Mitford's classic novel turned her aristocratic family from fanatical pariahs into beloved British eccentrics.
Because signs of aging don’t stop at your chin.
Plus, his thoughts on Sam's burgeoning friendship with Jamie Tartt.