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Every week another literary shortlist is announced, a judging panel revealed, a couple of longlists named, with a juicily controversial omission or a tediously predictable inclusion. But if The Parrots is to be believed, none is more significant than The Prize, the loftiest of all literary accolades, for which there are just three men in contention. They are The Beginner, The Writer and The Master. And for each of these men, the outcome really, really matters. In the Italian writer Filippo Bologna's smart new novel, we watch the three finalists in the countdown to the big announcement.

Pablo Osvaldo in action for Italy

Player analysis: The lowdown on £15m Southampton signing Pablo Osvaldo

Saints broke their record transfer fee for the second time this season after they shelled out £15m for the Italian, but what will he offer fans at St Mary's?

In The Studio: Luigi Ontani, artist

'My photographs are not documents – they're not simulacra, they're imaginary'

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana worried about Southampton's poor start to season

Southampton captain Adam Lallana has revealed the club's current plight keeps him awake at night.

Gaston Ramirez (2nd L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal

Southampton's £12m signing Gaston Ramirez out for six weeks

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has confirmed club record signing Gaston Ramirez faces six weeks on the sidelines.

Helmut Haller scored for West Germany in the 1966 World Cup

1966 World Cup final goalscorer Helmut Haller dies at 73

Helmut Haller, who scored for West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final against England and took the match ball home before returning it to the Football Association 30 years later, has died at the age of 73, his home club Augsburg said yesterday.

Beauty contest celebrates Italy's alarming obsession with silicone

Research showed 14 per cent of 16- and 17-year-old Italian girls would undergo breast surgery

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Gaston Ramirez has attracted a lot of interest so far this summer with Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester City all reportedly chasing him. Recently the Bologna general director said that the club are negotiating with a big European team over the player. A bid of £20m is said to be required for the player's signature, but if it comes to a bidding war City have more than enough financial clout to come out on top. The midfielder scored eight goals in 33 games last season in the league demonstrating a threat in front of goal as well as vision and creativity.

Southampton hopeful of completing deal for Gaston Ramirez despite Bologna delay

Southampton hope to complete the signing of Gaston Ramirez despite Bologna delaying the move due to their financial troubles.

Gaston Ramirez

Southampton close in on £11.8m Gaston Ramirez

Gaston Ramirez is edging closer to a move to Southampton, Press Association Sport understands.

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Croatia head coach expects Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric to complete Real Madrid switch

Croatia's head coach is disappointed Andre Villas-Boas is not picking Luka Modric, but expects the unsettled playmaker to complete his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid soon.

Get me out of here: France, Bologna, Boston

Now... On 18 August, Venue Holidays has a week's family camping in France at the La Croix du Vieux Pont site near Paris and Reims. It costs £683 for two adults and up to four children in a mobile home, plus Dover-Calais ferry crossing (venueholidays.co.uk).

Alessandro Diamanti starred for Italy against England

Bologna eager to retain Italy penalty hero Alessandro Diamanti

Bologna have no intention of selling Alessandro Diamanti this summer, according to club president Albano Guaraldi.

Gaston Ramirez

Bologna 'negotiating with important club' over sale of Manchester City and Liverpool 'target' Gaston Ramirez

Bologna general director Roberto Zanzi has revealed they are negotiating with a top European club over the sale of sought-after playmaker Gaston Ramirez.

A house and car severely damaged in Ferrara, Italy following a magnitude-6.0 earthquake

Second powerful earthquake kills 15 people

At least 15 people died and 12 were missing yesterday after the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna was struck by a powerful earthquake, the second to hit the area in just ten days.

Buildings in Mirandola were badly hit

At least 16 dead in second major earthquake near Bologna

Shock felt throughout northern Italy as an estimated 14,000 people are made homeless

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