American novelist Edmund White photographed in Dublin in June 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If survival is an art, it is one that the American writer Edmund White, famous since the publication of the powerfully autobiographical A Boy’s Own St(...)

Last week’s scandals involving the Milan Expo exhibition and the Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi (above) run the risk of turning a solid abstentionist vote into a Eurosceptic or protest vote. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Just when Italy needed them least, along came another set of Mafia and corruption scandals to set up the Eurosceptics for a field day when Italy vo(...)

Andrej Longo: the author of Ten (Harvill Secker, translated by Howard Curtis), a collection of short stories loosely based on the Ten Commandments

Andrej Longo is the author of Ten (Harvill Secker, translated by Howard Curtis), a collection of short stories loosely based on the Ten Commandment(...)

Italy, Campania, Ischia Island, Aragonese castle  Lifelong friends choose Ischia in Italy to visit Lady Walton’s garden

We are lifelong friends in our 50 s planning a garden trips to visit Lady Walton’s garden on the island of Ischia . We can only get away for fi(...)

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, one of a series of fictional murderers imitated by a serial killer in Pierre Lemaitre’s Irène

Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex earned rave reviews last year, not least for the way Lemaitre rework(...)

Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (right), flanked by his girlfriend Francesca Pascale. Photograph: Alberton Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Will true love triumph over all? Is there any truth to insistent media speculation that 77-year-old Silvio Berlusconi is about to marry his “of(...)

You have (probably) seen the movie, now read all about the name. I refer to Philomena. Wonderful film. Awful story. But the Philomena story itself is (...)

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

I’m looking at a wall. Or at least, a painting of a wall. I’ve got about five different articles to write and many more emails to answer, but I’m look(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to forget about who they could face in the last 16 of the Champions League and focus on staying top of the  Premier League at Manchester City. Photograph: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to forget about who they could face in the last 16 of the Champions League and focus on staying top of t(...)

Italian football Federation President Giancarlo Abete has called the whole affair a “humiliating spectacle”.

Italian football last weekend registered a new low when a Lega Pro (Third Division) derby between two Campania teams, Salernitana and Nocerina, had to(...)