This was given to me by a friend who thought it was good and it is. It is basically 11 stories about various people connected to a newspaper based in Rome which at times interconnect. The newspaper is going down the pan as are most of their lives. The stories are usually very poignant and this is an interesting and easy read. Rachman used to be a journalist in Rome so apparently this reflects the newspaper business well (all be it a bit exaggerated). Some interesting little stories.