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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.

Fulham striker Darren Bent

Darren Bent backed to provide Fulham with cutting edge

Pajtim Kasami expects new arrival to make a difference

Team Luna Rossa Challenge (L) is skippered by Massimiliano Sirena against Team Artemis Racing (R) skippered by Iain Percy during race three of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Third Louis Vuitton Cup win for Italian team Luna Rossa puts them in touching distance of final

One more victory would see them through to the final where Emirates Team New Zealand await

Domenico Rancadore appears before Westminster Magistrates court

Uxbridge fugitive Mafia boss could walk out of court today if bail is granted

Judge has expressed concerns over the warrant used in his arrest

Edinson Cavani

Is Edinson Cavani really worth £54m?

The Uruguay international has also been a target for Chelsea this summer

Wayne Rooney’s stellar career has now reached a crossroads

The Last Word: Lean years may lie ahead unless Wayne Rooney learns to think thin

Miccoli, and Cassano have – at various stages, and in varying degrees – seemed to absorb obsolete bulk

Udinese's fans at the Friuli Stadium. Udinese were one of the 18 Serie A clubs raided

Top Italian football clubs raided by finance police investigating tax-dodging and money laundering

Latest scandal to shake nation's sport turns focus on Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Lazio

Review: Time On My Hands, By Giorgio Vasta (Trs by Jonathan Hunt)

Tiny terrorists take the road to revolution

Gaspare Spatuzza, one of Cosa Nostra’s most notorious killers

Mafia planned to use drones to assassinate its enemies in 1990s, says informant

A top mafia informer has told an Italian court that Cosa Nostra planned to use drone-type flying bombs to assassinate its enemies, two decades before the United States began firing them at the Taliban.

Postcard from... Milan

An Austrian café’s decision to name its sandwiches after victims of Mafia murders has sparked a diplomatic incident between Vienna and Rome.

Sicily scenes: Lampedusa at the Palazzo Lampedusa in the late 1930s

Exclusive: Final fragments of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Published here, from a new collection, is ‘The Turret’ by the acclaimed author of ‘The Leopard’

No more smoke and mirrors; 'The Voice' and 'The Hunger Games'

Pope Idol: The Pope-pickers could have made things a bit more lively

John Walsh offers some tips for next time

Palermo’s Noce clan are based in the centre of the Sicilian capital

Even Mafia fails to escape grips of recession

Even the Mafia is not immune to the lingering recession, according to new reports that suggest a merciless spending review is causing serious discontent in Sicily’s Cosa Nostra.

Editorial: Italy shows how the tide has turned against elites

If these results do not shake Europe out of its apathy, then perhaps nothing will

Mario Balotelli was abused by Internazionale fans

Milan back down to earth as they are held to draw by Inter

After beating Barcelona in the Champions League last Wednesday, Milan's mood was tempered following a 1-1 draw with city neighbours Internazionale in a derby that was a tale of two sharply different halves.

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world by announcing his resignation

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi criticises rumours surrounding Pope's resignation

Comments come days after report in Italian newspaper that claims a 'gay network' within the Vatican influenced pontiff's departure

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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