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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.

Milan rule out Shevchenko exit

AC Milan have dismissed reports that Andriy Shevchenko is poised to join Real Madrid.

Del Piero targets Champions League glory

Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero would prefer winning the Champions League to the Scudetto this season.

The Complete Guide To: Winter sun

As another British summer sloshes by, the need to feel some warmth on your skin may have become urgent. Simon Calder reports on what's hot for the coming season

The Last Godfathers, by John Follain

Showdown in Sicily

French school film is the Class act in Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was won by the French production Entre les murs (The Class) last night. The film, directed by Laurent Cantet, used teachers and students to chronicle a year in the life of an inner-city school. "The film we wanted to make had to be a reflection of French society – multiple, many-faceted, complex," said Cantet. "Sometimes also with friction that the film does not try to cover up."

Juventus lead race for Kaboul, claims agent

Younes Kaboul's agent claims Juventus are among a host of top European clubs interested in the Tottenham Hotspur defender if he becomes available this summer.

The Complete Guide To: Sicily

Set where three seas converge, this much-invaded island offers visitors an exotic mix of culture, cuisine and catacombs – as well as Europe's largest active volcano, says Sarah Birke

Italian and US police arrest 80 in strike at heart of the Mafia

Police in Italy and the FBI in New York have arrested dozens of alleged gangsters belonging to the most notorious Sicilian crime families in a closely co-ordinated international operation.

Brooking insists that language is no barrier for Capello

The England manager Fabio Capello is improving his English skills all the time, according to his Football Association colleague, Sir Trevor Brooking.

'Mafioso' is arrested as he watches Mafia show

A leading Mafia suspect, on the run since the boss of the Cosa Nostra was captured last month, was arrested at his girlfriend's home while watching Capo di Capi, the television drama that tells the true story of the blood-thirsty mafioso Toto Riina.

Gift Guide: For the home

1. Spun Floor Lamp by Sebastian Wrong for Flos This is a fantastic light. It marries references that we are all familiar with in a very fresh way and holds a real presence in a room. It doesn't need a lot of working out - it just works, you don't have to deconstruct what's going on with it, it just sits there and looks magnificent. It comes in both a standing light and a table version. £680, SCP, www.scp.co.uk

Ireland feel Keane loss as Italy stroll

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A Sultan In Palermo, by Tariq Ali

Too much bed-hopping, and not enough historical detail

Football: Palermo prolong pain for Juventus

JUVENTUS SUFFERED their second consecutive defeat when they lost 1-0 away to Palermo on Saturday. The Serie A leaders dominated possession but were undone by poor finishing and some aggressive defending from the home side.
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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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