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Adam Foulds’s last novel, The Quickening Maze, was a truly superb study in madness and early psychiatric methods, combining the intellectual and the visceral in often startling ways (few will forget his description of the “dismantling” of a deer). In this latest work, he retains that powerful blend and focuses on another kind of madness: the madness of war.

Irish chess killing: Italian lodger charged with murdering Tom O’Gorman ‘tried to eat his heart after argument over chess move’

Police found body of 39-year-old Irishman had suffered 'dozens' of stab wounds and had a section of lung missing

Man ‘stabbed to death over game of chess’ in Ireland

Police found a 39-year-old man dead with multiple stab wounds, with detectives saying they believe a row over a chess move may have spiralled out of control

Giuseppe Sannino

Watford appoint Giuseppe Sannino as replacement for Gianfranco Zola

Italian Sannino had been out of work since being sacked by Chievo

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Indyplus more: Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Nino Di Matteo (on left) in Palermo; he is permanently accompanied by a ring of armed carabinieri following threats made against him by a Mafia boss

‘It is worth it and it is right’: A year of living dangerously for the prosecutor taking on the Mafia

Nino di Matteo’s life has been threatened by jailed former boss of bosses, Toto 'the Beast' Riina, over his investigation into links between the mob and the Italian state in the 1990s

Giuseppe Sannino

Giuseppe Sannino claims he is in line to replace Gianfranco Zola at Watford manager

The Italian, who was sacked by Chievo in November, has seen his odds of becoming manager at Vicarage Road cut dramatically

Former Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has claimed he 'can't see a place for women in football'.

Former Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso claims 'I can't see women in football' after appointment of Barbara Berlusconi at AC Milan

The 35-year-old was speaking to an Italian radio station when he made the remark

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave the club at the end of the season with his likely destination being Monaco

Transfer news: Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to turn down Arsenal summer move in favour of Monaco switch - reports

The 31-year-old is believed to prefer a move to France after admitting he would love to play alongside former team-mate Eric Abidal once again

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso fired by notoriously trigger happy Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini

The news comes following a string of bad results in Serie B

Giovanni Trapattoni looks set for an exit as Republic of Ireland coach unless he can perform a miraculous turnaround

Giovanni Trapattoni accepts Republic of Ireland days are numbered with hope dwindling

Only an unlikely run of results can save the Italian while Wales and Scotland play for pride

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister, has faced prejudice

Italians removing children from racially mixed schools

Classroom aversion to immigrants may reflect tensions in politics and society in general

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Emiliano Viviano

Transfer news: Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano joins Arsenal on loan for the season

The Italy international joins from Palermo for the season

Arsenal have made an offer for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal transfer news: At last! Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil completes move to Arsenal in £42.5m deal

Arsenal spend nearly three times previous transfer record to seal signing of midfielder

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee