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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, By Matthew Fort

In 1973, Fort ate a plate of sausages in Sicily. There were only two, but "they tasted more of sausage than any sausage I have ever eaten, firm, juicy, salty and sweet."

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The cut-price holiday that's coming home

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

The Unicorn Road, By Martin Davies

Thirteenth-century European adventurers head eastwards in this sad but lyrical novel

Internet calls used to fake SWAT team call-outs

Doug Bates and his wife, Stacey, were in bed around 10 pm, their 2-year-old daughters asleep in a nearby room.

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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

Gas plant to overshadow Greek temples

Italy gives go-ahead to storage depot less than a mile from World Heritage Site

Robert Fisk's World: From the fourth century BC, words our leaders should heed

Thucydides' account of the Spartan war contains a dark and chilling relevance

Preview: Krol Roger, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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The Last Godfathers, by John Follain

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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
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