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  • Risking it all for cheese

    Trevor Zahra: Qrempuċu f’Belt il-Ġobon.Merlin Publishers, 2016 (reprint) Qrempuċu f’Belt il-Ġobon (Qrempuċu goes to Cheese Town), by renowned author Trevor Żahra, was first published in 1985. It sold out and was reprinted in 1991. More than 30...

  • More than a travelogue

    From time to time we come across accounts of personal experiences which involve considerable stamina, courage and perseverance. Such is Beyond the Ghibli, a memoir published by Vicki Crowley. Briefly, this is an account of a girl born in Malta of...

  • A snapshot of Ħamrun

    A snapshot of Ħamrun

    A one-off, handmade book featuring photos of the people who make up the community of Ħamrun is being presented to the nation as part of a project that aims to document a country on the cusp of change. St James Centre for Creativity is hosting The...

  • Fantastical approach to heroism, bravery in debut fantasy novel

    A Road to the Throne: Rise with Honour by Matthew Sciriha and published by Lulu is the story of a young man, Lereon Altaros, who must use his intelligence to cope with being exposed to society much later than most people are. He is burdened with...

  • Mgr Ġużeppi Mercieca – a balanced diplomat and kind priest at heart

    Charles ButtigiegIlkoll Aħwa Fi Kristu. Ġużeppi Mercieca: MemorjiKlabb Kotba Maltin. Malta 2014382 pages Two thousand and fourteen being the year in which both Eddie Fenech Adami’s autobiography Eddie – My journey and Archbishop Ġużeppi Mercieca’s...

  • Don Quixote as a poem in Maltese

    In the event of the recently published new edition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote in Maltese published by SKS, Mario Azzopardi takes a look at the grotesque 16th-century Spanish novel. The 16th-century picaresque adventure Miguel de Cervantes wrote in...

  • Journey of a Somali youngster

    A new book, Never Arrive, tells the story of Farah Abdullahi Abdi, a young Somali man, who is forced to flee his home in Kenya because of persecution and stigma associated with his sexual orientation. The publication was launched at the...

  • Treasures for the faith and the bank vault

    Treasures for the faith and the bank vault

    Edgar Vella: Treasures of Faith, Relics and Reliquaries in the Diocese of Malta during the Baroque Period, 1600 – 1798Midsea Books, Malta, 2016. I wanted to believe that my favourite book on relics and reliquaries of the baroque period would...

  • The slush pile

    The slush pile

    Spring is book fair time, with two of the world’s largest and most influential fairs happening virtually back-to-back. Bologna is a specialised children’s books fair, while London is more of an all-rounder beast, encompassing everything print and...

  • Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reburied after tests for 'poison'

    Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reburied after tests for 'poison'

    The remains of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda have been reburied at his favourite home in a Chilean town overlooking the Pacific Ocean, despite lingering questions surrounding his mysterious death. The writer died in the chaos following...

  • Bringing a story to life

    Bringing a story to life

    Italian illustrator Beatrice Costamagna recently worked on the Merlin publication Imedlina u l-Imbarazz, a book for children aged between three and six. She gives Escape an insight into her art and her work. What inspired you to become an...

  • Getting to know Lucy

    Lara Calleja: Lucy Min?Merlin Publishers, 2016. Lara Calleja’s debut novel Lucy Min? has made a hit with record-breaking sales starting from the day of the launch itself. This coming-of-age story didn’t only have us asking ‘who?’ But also ‘why?’.

  • In need of a culture change

    In need of a culture change

    Professor Charles Mifsud, the coordinator of the National Literacy Strategy, addresses the need to change the reading habits and attitudes towards books among the Maltese. The National Literacy Strategy for Malta and Gozo has been described by...

  • Making poetry accessible

    Making poetry accessible

    France-based poet NADIA MIFSUD tells Stephanie Fsadni that the local poetry scene is thriving, yet getting poems published has become ‘next to impossible’. She gives tips on how poetry can become more popular among the community by being taught in...

  • Book with a noble cause

    Book with a noble cause

    Djamantini (small diamonds) is a collection of prose, poetry and song of its first kind in Malta: it marks a collaborative and thorough effort between students, teachers, established authors and songwriters, and all the proceeds from its sale will...

  • An artistic narrative

    An artistic narrative

    Three Stories showcases Ruben Buhagiar’s recent photographic work, a body of three coherent photo essays which, in many ways, gives the viewer a visual manifesto of Buhagiar’s approach to his creative practice. Three Stories:Ruben Buhagiar.EDE...

  • Baroque and the city

    Baroque and the city

    Cynthia De Giorgio: The Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta.Midsea Publications, 2016 (revised edition). 144 pp. Few churches in Malta – or in Europe, really – can compete with the splendour of St John’s Co-Cathedral. And it is exactly this...

  • A Nordic page turner

    A Nordic page turner

    As the Campus Book Fest rolls into University for the third time, Jo Caruana chats to this year’s special guest, Icelandic author and poet Gerður Kristný. Books and universities go together likes horses and carriages. And yet, since technology...

  • Constitutional and human rights law in Malta

    David J. Attard: The Maltese Legalsystem, Vol. II,Part A.The Malta University Press, 2015.pp. xxxii + 422 I salute the first textbook that engages with the very structure and workings of the fundamental laws of Malta. Whatever happens in this...

  • Legends of the fall author Jim Harrison dies aged 78

    Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet and outdoorsman who wrote with gruff affection about the US landscape and rural life, has died at the age of 78. He is best remembered for his 1979 historical saga Legends Of The Fall, which gave him some...

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