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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.

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily, By Matthew Fort

Having been completely captured by Sicily myself when I travelled there two years ago, I can quite understand Matthew Fort's enthusiasm to get back to the island after a first visit 30 years previously. Because, as he points out in this wonderful travel tale interspersed with mouth-watering recipes, there is something not quite real about Sicily that is endlessly fascinating.

Travel Challenge: A self-catering break in Sicily

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a week self-catering in Sicily, departing on 12 September; prices are for two people travelling together.

Nedved turns down Juventus role

Pavel Nedved has hinted that he plans to continue his career in the US after turning down the chance to return to former club Juventus in an advisory capacity.

Scouts hoping to find the next Figo or Blanc

It was the competition in which Laurent Blanc (1988), Luis Figo (1994), Fabio Cannavaro (1996), Andrea Pirlo (2000) and Petr Cech (2002) made their name as the Player of the Tournament. Last time out, in the Netherlands two years ago, the exciting if erratic Dutch attacker Royston Drenthe won the award, and earned himself a transfer from Feyenoord to Real Madrid. Over the next fortnight, scouts from all over Europe – 50 clubs have already applied for tickets – will be descending on Sweden hoping to discover, or sign, the next big thing.

Ferrara lands Juventus role

Juventus have handed interim coach Ciro Ferrara the post on a permanent basis after he made a good impression in the last two games of the season.

Revealed: how Italy tried to cut a deal with the Mafia

Supergrass says politicians negotiated with gangs even as judges were bombed

Lippi rules out Juventus return

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has ruled out making a return to club management with Juventus.

Italian league split proposed after rift

The Italian soccer league could split in two after a meeting of Serie A and B presidents ended without agreement over future financial arrangements.

The cut-price holiday that's coming home

Eurocamp is returning to the UK. So what is the experience like? Kate Simon reports

48 Hours In: Buenos Aires

For tango, midnight dining and bargain prices, you can do no better than to soak up the southern summer in Argentina's beautiful capital

Bocca di Lupo, 12 Archer Street, London W1

"The mouth of the wolf, in the heart of Soho," is how Bocca di Lupo announces itself, and there's a strong whiff of rustic earthiness, of hairy-armpit experimentation about the menu. We all, of course, love the idea of regionalism, its pungent authenticity, its vin-de-pays cred. We've all eaten at obscure trattorias and auberges in Puglia or Normandy and exclaimed, "How wonderful it would be if they cooked this heavenly local dish at the Connaught!" Unfortunately, we've all also eaten in places where a dish of loathsome weirdness (I'm thinking of a lemon-drenched langoustine dusted in cocoa powder, somewhere in Assisi) is served up by an inbred hillbilly whose skills, you fervently hope, never get a London outlet in your lifetime.

Mafia boss kills himself after arrest

Lo Presti feared revenge attacks after his indiscretions led police to swoop on Mob

'Mafia chief' hangs himself after arrest

An alleged Mafia boss hanged himself in jail, hours after being arrested in a police swoop, officials in Sicily said today.

Mafia chiefs seized as they select godfather

More than 1,000 officers swoop on suspected Cosa Nostra gangsters
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