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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.

Travel agenda

From cities at twilight to the Grachtenfestival

Italy cargo ship crash: Nine people feared dead after collision with Genoa port control tower

Seven bodies recovered, two people still missing, and four injured

To die for: the Tower of London has nothing on the capital’s meaner streets

Low-life tourism: London sights it would be a crime to miss

If you’ve been to any of the bigger tourist attractions in the capital of late, you’ll know that the ticket prices at the Tower of London are criminal and the queues at the London Eye are enough to drive anyone to murder. But there’s plenty on offer for tourists who want to something a little bit different… and a good bit darker. My book, Criminal London, a Sightseer’s Guide to a Capital of Crime, gives the low-down on the capital’s low-life.

Italian tax police seize £40m at Bulgari jewellers

Police seized assets worth €46m (£40m) from the upmarket jeweller Bulgari today in a tax evasion inquiry.

Gareth Bale in action at the San Siro in 2010 where he scored a hat-trick

Are Inter Milan now better prepared to deal with Tottenham winger Gareth Bale?

A look at the Italian perspective ahead of tonight's Europa League tie

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

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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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

Street Fight in Naples, By Peter Robb

If you're heading for Sicily this autumn, Peter Robb's masterpiece Midnight in Sicily is de rigueur. If Naples and environs is your goal, you may be better off saving this extraordinary work until you get back. The muscular exuberance of Robb's style – one of the finest in contemporary English – is perfectly suited to Neapolitan brio but the central topic of this book is the art of the 16th century.

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.

Get me out of here: Barcelona; Sicily; Australia

Now... See Barcelona from the striking surrounds of the Grand Hotel Central, where a luxury four-night break is offered by Kirker Holidays for £686pp with breakfast, private transfers and BA flights from Heathrow in July and August. kirkerholidays.com

Abuse victim secretly records accused priest’s ‘confession

An Italian man who suffered what he claims was clerical sex abuse as a 14-year-old has secretly recorded his attacker, now a senior Sicilian church figure, appearing to admit the crimes in a chilling case that throws the spotlight on the wider issue of clerical paedophilia in Italy, which many observers say is still being swept under the carpet.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?