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.
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Saturday 21 May 2011
Monday 16 May 2011
Alberto Contador powered to his first stage victory of this year's Giro d'Italia yesterday to take overall control of the race. The Spaniard, the 2008 Giro winner, completed the ninth stage in four hours, 54 minutes and eight seconds after an impressive attack up to the finish on Mount Etna in Sicily.
Friday 06 May 2011
It's 1943 and the Allied invasion of Sicily is at full tilt. In a lull in the fighting, a British battalion marches through the heat into the heavily bombed city of Catania to be met by the women, children and old men, many of them emerging into the light after several weeks in hiding.
Sunday 01 May 2011
Johann Rufinatscha slipped into obscurity a decade before his death.
Monday 21 March 2011
Budget airline Ryanair has had to alter its flights to Sicily due to the air strikes against Libya.
Saturday 12 March 2011
Years ago in Sicily I experienced freshly made ricotta and I have remembered its unique flavour ever since. So during our recent trip to Modena, we made time to visit Matteo Panini who produces 12 wheels of cheese a day from his organic herd of cattle, and were lucky enough to try his ricotta, which is made from the whey after the Parmesan has been made – and it evoked the buttery, creamy memory of that fresh ricotta all those years ago.
Saturday 05 March 2011
Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a one-week holiday in Sicily in early April. Prices are per person, based on two travelling together on 9 April.
Monday 28 February 2011
Palermo sacked coach Delio Rossi today following Sunday's 7-0 home humiliation by Udinese and have drafted in former Livorno boss Serse Cosmi.
Sunday 27 February 2011
Not really "folk" at all but a programme of music for solo guitar (and occasional clarinet) drawing on three centuries of complex harmony; or at least the harmony which appeals to the gruff old Pentangle picker.
Monday 03 January 2011
Now that we know that the Royal Shakespeare Company will present their Stratford-upon-Avon productions in the Roundhouse from 2012, we can start to get used to the occupation with this taster season.
Wednesday 15 December 2010
Friday 19 November 2010
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has given his strongest hint yet that Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore will leave the club next summer.
Monday 04 October 2010
To the disappointment of anti-Mob campaigners who had hoped that he would deliver a rousing call for unity against organised crime, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday gave a homily in Sicily that urged people there to be hopeful for a better future but stopped short of using the word Mafia.
Monday 20 September 2010
Coach Massimiliano Allegri slammed his AC Milan side after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Catania in the San Siro.
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Italy's health minister travelled to Sicily yesterday to apologise to a woman whose delivery of a son was botched when her two doctors got into a punch-up in the operating room.
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