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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.

Get me out of here: Saint Lucia, Sicily, Turkey

Now... On 21 February, DialAFlight has a week at the five-star Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia for £1,349pp, with Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick, breakfast and a three-course dinner at the hotel's restaurant which specialises in "cacao cuisine". Book by Friday. Dialaflight.com

David Beckham signing is small change for mega-rich PSG owners

Qatari backers have spent over €250m in two years to transform club into European force

Man of the moment Alejandro Faurlin during yesterday's match with Leeds United

QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin completes loan switch to Palermo

Midfielder joins Serie A side until the end of the season

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Transfer Talk: Danny Welbeck to Reading; Tom Ince to Liverpool; Edinson Cavani to Manchester City

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

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European round-up: Messi's marvellous year... two goals in Barça win breaks Müller record

Argentine magician strikes twice to reach total of 86 for 2012 and smash 40-year-old mark while Falcao hits five in La Liga for first time in 10 years

Royal ascent: Sofia Fomina is one the singers drafted in to play Princess Isabelle at short notice

IoS classical review: Robert le diable, Royal Opera House, London
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Last-minute cast changes couldn't fix the problem at the heart of this production, that medievalism and irony don't mix

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Wesley Sneijder contract impasse at Inter Milan continues

Netherlands international has been linked with Manchester United

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While he produced some excellent performances for Chelsea towards the end of the season, questions remain about the ageing Petr Cech’s consistency and Tim Krul is one player reportedly being lined up as his long-term replacement. The 24-year old Dutchman managed 15 clean sheets last season, second only to Joe Hart and was a key component in Newcastle’s excellent campaign. Having recently signed a lengthy deal with the Magpies, Krul would not be prised away from St James’ Park cheaply although it is thought that Mike Ashley could be tempted by a big offer.

Tim Krul urges Newcastle youngsters to seize Europa League chance

Newcastle keeper Tim Krul is urging his young team-mates to make the most of their Europa League chances as they attempt to force their way into Alan Pardew's plans.

The openly gay, anti-mafia campaigner Rosario Crocetta took 31 per cent of the votes

Sicily's first gay governor opens a new schism between Italy's old enemies

Former bastion of homophobia has overtaken north on equality, says Milanese newspaper

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Juventus head coach Antonio Conte has touchline ban reduced to six months

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte will return to the touchline in December after having his lengthy suspension from football reduced by six months today.

Fears of a default by Sicily played down as focus turns to Italy's struggling south

The struggles of Italy's poorer southern cities came under the spotlight yesterday as the Government moved to play down fears of a default by Sicily.

Give us an inch and we'll take a mile: Confident Croatia coach Slaven Bilic

Croatia draw on past glories for Italy test

While they are looking ahead to tomorrow's match against Italy, Croatia's players are also looking back to 1994.

Cuts blamed for Italy's voter apathy

Low turnout and a crumbling centre-right vote in Italian local elections were blamed yesterday on austerity measures introduced by Mario Monti's technocrat administration and a series of corruption scandals, particularly on the right.

Benedict XVI: The Archbishop of Palermo Paolo Romeo is quoted as saying the Pontiff would die within 12 months

Vatican in turmoil after letter 'reveals plot to assassinate Pope'

Sensational claims of a plot to assassinate Pope Benedict XVI have whipped Italy into a frenzy and focused the world's attention on the poisonous atmosphere seeping through the corridors of the Holy See.

Big smoke: Mount Etna rumbles in the distance

48 Hours: Catania

Even in winter, this Sicilian city charms with colourful festivities, delicious food and dramatic scenery, says Duncan Garwood.

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