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One cannot be an Anglican and use the Roman Missal – it is one or the other

Rufus Sewell and Kate Beckinsale star in Cold Comfort Farm, the 1995 adaptation of the novel

Believers ought not to be self-obsessed, but novels are about self-obsession

Daniel Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning

Melanie Phillips says that Islam is intrinsically anti-Semitic; Daniel Goldhagen tries the same argument with Catholicism

Italy is a country that has often fascinated British writers. Here are my recommendations for the best books on Italy and the Italians

Berlusconi has lead Italy into an economic abyss Photo: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Italy is facing its worst crisis since the Second World War

Berlusconi endures a voting session in the Italian parliament earlier this week (Photo: PA)

Italians saw in Berlusconi what they saw in Mussolini – an anti-establishment figure who defied the law

Irish leader Enda Kenny Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’

How great tragedy inspires great art

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death

Hugh Grant, a father at 51. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Now that he’s a father, the heart-throb actor might finally discover what love really is, a love that can never be replaced

George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, has proposed a referendum on the bailout (Photo: PA)

And when the inevitable finally comes, the Greeks who suffer most will be the least guilty