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  • A different wartime

    Charles Bezzina: Wartime Gozo 1940-1943. Self-published, 2014. pp 75. In this outstanding publication, it is evidently clear that Charles Bezzina, poet-historian of wartime Gozo, has in-herited his late father Frank’s undoubted erudition and...

  • A smart narrator

    For most adults, dealing with the world of teenagers feels like gazing at an abstract work of art of which they cannot make sense. A kind of mystery that retains its cryptic nature, even though it is exposed to them on a daily basis in the form of...

  • Military architecture in the baroque era

    Denis De Lucca: Tomaso Maria Napoli: A Dominican friar’s contribution to Military Architecture in the Baroque Age. International Institute for Baroque Studies, 2015. 254 pp. When one thinks of gunpowder fortifications in the baroque age, the first...

  • The depressed bishop and the ostrich’s egg

    John Azzopardi (Ed): Scientia et Religio. Studies in memory of Fr George Aquilina. Scholar, archivist and Franciscan Friar. Malta 2014. 340 pp. The death on September 29, 2012 of Patri Ġorġ bereft the island of one of its meticulous scholars, a...

  • Maltese in Trapani

    In the first half of the 15th century, over 50 Maltese people and their families settled down in the Sicilian city of Trapani.  The reasons behind their decision to move there can be found in the new book by Arnold Cassola, I Maltesi di Trapani...

  • Harper Lee’s home town celebrates her new novel

    Harper Lee’s home town celebrates her new novel

    To Kill a Mockingbird fans in US and UK queue for copy of sequel to Pulitzer Prize-winning book, released after 55 years to mixed reactions from critics In the southern home town of author Harper Lee, a freight truck unloaded the first of 7,000...

  • Thought provoking or simply bad?

    Thought provoking or simply bad?

    Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has been met with a mixed reception from literature critics. As literature fans queued in the UK to be among the first to get their hands on the follow-up to the US author’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one...

  • A long wait for Watchman

    A long wait for Watchman

    The half-century gap between Harper Lee’s first and second novels is one of the longest literary intervals of recent times. Go Set a Watchman is being published 55 years after its predecessor, To Kill a Mockingbird, making it one of the slowest...

  • When the saints keep marching in

    Jeremy Boissevain: Factions, Friends and Feasts: Anthropological perspectives on the Mediterranean, New York & Oxford. Berghahn, 2013, x+310pp. Anthropologists might be accused of habitually overstaying their welcome. That’s because the way they...

  • The tragic environmentalist and poet

    Paul P. Borg: Eternità. Poeżija ta’ Paul P. Borg, Viżwali ta’ Gabrial Caruana. Horizons, 2015. This is a handsome and extraordinary book, but then the two authors, Paul P. Borg and the veteran artist Gabriel Caruana, are both...

  • A man for all reasons

    Roger Ellul Micallef: Zammit of Malta. Allied Publications, 2013. 902 pp. While there is no shortage of biographies of politicians and prelates in Malta, the same cannot be said about biographies of scientists who have made a real impact on the...

  • New children’s book by Ġorġ Mallia

    Ġorġ Mallia is a name intimately connected with the world of books and reading. A researcher, academic, author and illustrator, he is rarely far away from a book. Various other commitments have, however, kept him away from writing children’s...

  • Longterm portrait of a couple

    Alfred Massa: Weraq tal-Ħarifa. Bronk Publication, 2014. 204 pp. This new novel opens at a specific point in time: the present, in November, on All Souls Day, thus in autumn. The two main characters are the elderly Salvu and Vanda, his second wife.

  • A hint of an explanation

    Mark Vella: X’Seta’ Ġralu Kevin Cacciattolo? Merlin, 2014. X’Seta’ Ġralu Kevin Cacciattolo? had much hype backing up its release last year. The novel was the winner of the first #abbozz competition, a contest in which writers pitched their...

  • The fascination of the baroque

    Frans Ciappara (ed.), The Journal of Baroque Studies, Vol. 1 No. 3 (2015), International Institute of Baroque Studies University of Malta. The third number of The Journal of Baroque Studies, the organ of the International Institute of Baroque...

  • The Malta of yesteryear

    The Malta of yesteryear

    Following the publication of the first instalment in his autobiographical trilogy, Memories, Peter Apap Bologna tells Iggy Fenech about a Malta that has ebbed from view, but not from memory. I still remember the day – some 12 years ago now – when...

  • ‘Twerk’ dates back to 1820 - Oxford Dictionary

    ‘Twerk’ dates back to 1820 - Oxford Dictionary

    “Twerk”, the word describing the dance popularised by Miley Cyrus, can be traced back to as early as 1820, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word is one of 500 new entries, including “twitterati” (describing users of the social media...

  • Love in the time of war

    Love in the time of war

    Daughter to a naval officer, Jenny Wilson lived in colonial Malta as a teenager. Now 70, she turns her experiences into a charming fictional novel, In Lazzaretto, with a story that finds the island at the centre of a love story hampered by the...

  • A major historical contribution

    Stanley Fiorini (Ed.) Documentary Sources of Maltese History Part III: Documents of the Maltese Universitas No. 2 The Capitula of Malta and Gozo: 1398-1532. Malta University Press, 2014. 408 pp. This is yet another major contribution by Stanley...

  • Island of inspiration

    Island of inspiration

    Gozo, with its tranquil lanes, wraparound sea views and reflective gaze over the channel to Malta, is the perfect writer’s muse. And, while the Maltese language was only written down relatively recently compared to other European tongues, once...

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