Nostalgia, By Jonathan Buckley

Get beyond the vaguer-than-vague title and this is some book: a minor-key masterpiece of restraint, invention and the fine art of keeping expectations deliberately low, then elegantly surpassing them. Nostalgia is set in the fictitious Tuscany town of Castelluccio, home to expat British painter Gideon Westfall, a successful but defiantly unfashionable exponent of neo-Neo-Classicism .

Carl Pistorius appeared in court for culpable homicide of a 36-year-old woman

Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted of culpable murder for the death of a female motorcyclist

Paralympic champions' older brother to face no further action in case of Maria Barnard's death

Paolo Di Canio fined seven Sunderland players

Sunderland players bring in the PFA to fight Paolo Di Canio fines

Paolo Di Canio is facing a battle with his own Sunderland players after they called in the Professional Footballers’ Association to query the fines he imposed upon them for breaking club rules.

You’re definitely cheating on your girlfriend (or boyfriend) if you get drunk at a party and snog an old flame, but what if you betray their trust by watching the latest House of Cards on Netflix without them?

The benefits of an open relationship (for TV watching): The rise of box set cheating

You’re definitely cheating on your girlfriend (or boyfriend) if you get drunk at a party and snog an old flame, but what if you betray their trust by watching the latest House of Cards on Netflix without them?

'Show Guy': actor and comedian Will Adamsdale

A class act: Will Adamsdale satirises the angst-ridden middle classes in his surreal new show

Adamsdale was an actor who became a comedian by mistake. Alice Jones meets him.

In Mrs Thatcher, the young Damian Barr recognises another outsider, a survivor

Maggie & Me. By Damian Barr

A wry autobiography, set in 1980s Scotland, reveals an admirably balanced attitude to Maggie, memoir, and the wisdom of Granny Mac

Poll: Is this a photo of UKIP candidate Alex Wood giving a Nazi salute? Or imitating a plant?

The UK Independent Party have suspended 22-year-old candidate Alex Wood, after a photo emerged of him apparently making a Nazi salute to camera.

Mark Bridger described how he 'accidently' crushed the little girl to death in his Land Rover

April Jones murder suspect Mark Bridger : I’m sorry – I ran her over but can’t remember what I did with her body

Prosecution claims DNA which may have come from April was found on murder accused's trousers

'I want to peel all your skin off': Creepy things children say to parents becomes a Reddit hit

An online discussion about the creepiest things children say to their parents has become an unlikely internet hit with more than 10,000 comments being posted

Cesc Fabregas of Spain kisses his girlfriend Daniella Semaan

Girlfriend of Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas accused of 'playing down' his wealth

Former Arsenal star embroiled in bitter legal row over £7 million London home

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Simon Cowell: BBC 'to blame' for The Voice and Britain's Got Talent schedule clash

Britain's Got Talent (BGT) boss Simon Cowell said the BBC has no one to blame but itself for its Saturday night schedule problems.

Channel 4's 'The Sex Clinic'

Step into The Sex Clinic: Channel 4's latest Mating Season documentary

The show follows patients in London and Birmingham's busiest sex clinics

14-year-old girl Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson found guilty of manslaughter of Junior Nkwelle in Brixton

A 14-year-old girl who “set up” a schoolboy to be stabbed by her boyfriend after a row over football was ordered to be detained for eight years today.

South African newspaper Beeld used the image on their front page

Student captures Oscar Pistorius jogging around track - but agent denies he has returned to training

Olympian has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Mick and Mairead Philpott have been found guilty of the manslaughter of six children

Philpott children were 'well looked-after and well nourished and happy' court told ahead of parents' sentencing

Mick and Mairead Philpott, found guilty yesterday with Paul Mosley on six counts of manslaughter for causing fire that killed children at the family home, defended today as 'good parents'

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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