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Set in 1950s rural Sardinia, Murgia's prize-winning novel is steeped in the atmosphere of another time and place.

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Scott Brown out to nullify his hero Andrea Pirlo as Celtic land tough Juventus test

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown admits he will face a formidable opponent when he lines up against Andrea Pirlo in the Champions League but he will not stand back and admire the Juventus midfielder.

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Benitez led Valencia, a side that seemed to have no right to European silverware, to win the Uefa Cup

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has expressed his astonishment at Chelsea counterpart Roberto di Matteo's departure just six months after winning the Champions League.

Get me out of here: Canaries, Italy, Cotswolds

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Four UK cities are among Europe's top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations.

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Why Chelsea could be singing the Champions League blues

Chelsea's dramatic victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, sealed with a last minute goal by Victor Moses, places their Champions League fate in their own hands.

Victor Moses scored in the 94th minute to secure victory for Chelsea

Chelsea on brink of Champions League promised land after Victor Moses' intervention

Substitute secures late victory over stubborn Shakhtar but Terry is unhappy after being left on the bench

Pininfarina and a Ferrari Testarossa

Sergio Pininfarina: Car designer hailed for his classic Ferrari marques

The name of Pininfarina is indelibly associated with the Ferrari supercar marque. The design house, which was led by Sergio Pininfarina for 40 years, created many legendary Ferrari designs, including the 250 GT Coupé (1958), the Daytona (1968) and the Testarossa (1984). His personal favourite was the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the last model on which he worked with his father.

Two decades of agony – England’s penalty shootout woes since 1990

Football hooliganism used to be known as the English disease, but after their sixth penalty shootout exit in 22 years, it appears an inability to score from 12 yards is the real national sickness.  

Erika Bok plays the farmer's daughter in this Beckett-like two-hander

The Turin Horse, Bela Tarr, 146 mins (15)

A stubborn horse presages doom in this distillation of Bela Tarr's ascetic aesthetic (hint: not much happens, and little is said)

The Invincibles: Teams that went through an entire season unbeaten

Should Juventus avoid defeat at home to Atalanta this weekend, they will join a select group of European teams to navigate an entire season without losing a single match.

Bosses sentenced to 16 years for Italian asbestos deaths

An Italian court has handed two company executives 16-year jail terms for the asbestos-related deaths of more than 3,000 people.

On top of the world: 'Mappa 1994' by Alighiero Boetti, whose work influenced artists such as Damien Hirst

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Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti

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