novelists to note

    Female writers are leading the field right now. Here's our pick of the new book releases

    The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (Penguin) sees an English Quaker flee to the US. Out now

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fourth Estate) is a gripping story about identity. Out April 11

    The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Chatto & Windus) looks at how envy affects friendships. Out August 8

    Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian (Hodder & Staughton) is a tale of one girl's eccentric journey. Out April 25

    The icon:

    Romy Schneider

    Who: Austrian-born actress and muse to Orson Welles who shot to fame via the 1950s Sissi trilogy.

    Her look: Coco Chanel dubbed Schneider the “ideal woman”, with her sharp pantsuits, oversized necklaces and kohl-lined eyes.

    The runway tribute: From the silk headscarves at Rochas to Miu Miu's crop tops, her influence was widespread for spring.

    How to work it now: Slip into a pastel pink shirt and matching slim-fit pants. Pointed flats are the ideal finishing touch.



    Words: Jessica Jonzen;
    Natalie Rigg
    Photographs: Corbis

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