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Books

  • A diary of gardening love

    Maurice Mizzi: The Pleasures of Gardening in the Maltese Islands. Spiro Mizzi Foundation, 2015. 204 pp. At long last, Maurice Mizzi has kept his promise to publish a book on gardening. Readers will remember well his monthly gardening articles, ‘A...

  • 13 years of photography

    René Rossignaud: The First 13 Years . Kite Publishers, 2014. How many artists publish their autobiography before they are 33 having lived intensively in the fast track for 13 years? One must be a powerhouse of self-confidence, creativity and...

  • The ultimate literary taboo

    Timur Vermes: Look Who’s Back. Quercus, 2014. 375 pp. For entire decades now, Hollywood has been busy dishing out World War II movies indoctrinating us that the Germans are humourless, even inhuman. The typical German, we’ve been told time and...

  • Living the rural life in 18th-century Malta

    Frans Ciappara: The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish: St Mary’s Qrendi in the Eighteenth Century. Malta University Press, 2014. 400pp. Today, the village of Qrendi in the south of Malta has around 2,500 inhabitants, over three...

  • Of Maltese myths and creatures

    Stephan Mifsud: The Maltese Bestiary. Merlin Publishers, 2014. 137 pp. Books about mythical creatures hold a fatal attraction for me. I say fatal, because between Dracopedia, Beasts, The Hidden Bestiary, Trolls, The Cottingley Fairies, Lady...

  • Malta’s maritime jewel

    Lino Bugeja, Vittoriosa: An ancient city of culture. Malta 2014, 144 pp. Lino Bugeja hardly needs any introduction. Blessed with an active old age, today he can look back with satisfaction on his achievements as a sportsman and educationalist. He...

  • The blink of an eyelid

    The blink of an eyelid

    Just as I was putting pen to paper to write this article, my neighbours alerted me that a drone had landed on my roof top. On checking my terraces I discovered that in actual fact the quadcopter drone with a camera had landed on the rooftop...

  • Care and case management to improve patient well-being

    Caring for patients with long-term or complex disorders is one of the most significant problems facing practitioners today. It has become essential to ensure that patients do not get lost and confused in the myriad of appointments, medications,...

  • Great Siege anniversary publication

    A second edition of Arnold Cassola’s The 1565 Great Siege of Malta and Hipólito Sans’s La Maltea has been republished as a Kindle Book on the 450th anniversary of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta. This eyewitness account by Sans is of interest to...

  • Under the carob tree

    Alfred Massa: Taħt il-Ħarruba. Dom Communications Ltd. Publication, 2014. 175pp. Novels have always been popular with the Maltese reader and, in spite of all the countless distractions that today’s technology may wield in the form of challenge,...

  • Harper Lee sequel sparks anticipation

    Harper Lee sequel sparks anticipation

    Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of scepticism surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee would publish a second novel half a century after To Kill a Mockingbird became an American classic. Until Tuesday when...

  • Writer ‘happy’ with reactions

    Harper Lee said she is “happy as hell” about the publication of a sequel to her bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird after concerns were raised about the extent of her involvement in the project. A spokeswoman for her publisher said: “Harper Lee still...

  • 50 years on, new book from To Kill a Mockingbird author

    50 years on, new book from To Kill a Mockingbird author

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish her second novel more than 50 years after the release of her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, her publisher said. Go Set a Watchman, which is set in the 1950s and features lead characters from To...

  • A memoir

    Carmel Lino Cutajar: In at the Deep End: reminiscences of a Maltese surgeon. Allied Publications, 2014. ISBN 978-99909-3-191-4 375pp. Recent years have seen the pub­lication of an increasing num­ber of memoirs and autobiographies. The present...

  • Tamara’s troubles

    Young adult literature – or teenage literature, as it is also called – usually refers to a certain kind of literature that doesn’t treat its readers as young children, but speaks frankly about life and growing up. At the same time, young adult...

  • The slush pile

    Things I learnt over the holidays: New Year’s Eve, with its retrospective mood and all our social media feeds flooded with best of 2014 lists, is not the best of days to read a depressive, mental illness institutionalisation and grief book. But...

  • A loving ode to Fleur-de-Lys

    Lino Gauci Borda: Tentuf mill-Memorji. BDL, 2014. 120 pp. When I received Lino Gauci Borda`s book Tentuf mill-Memorji, I read it within half a day. It is a book full of memories about Fleur-de-Lys, where the author has lived for over 70 years and...

  • An explosive launch

    An explosive launch

    James Patterson, already among the world’s bestselling authors, plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, Private Vegas, which will self-destruct within 24 hours. A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will...

  • Youngsters ‘likely to read less’

    Youngsters ‘likely to read less’

    The pleasure of getting lost in a good book could become unknown to many children as some teachers believe youngsters will be less likely to read in the future, a poll suggests. More than half of school staff in the UK (57 per cent) think their...

  • The long and fruitless struggle

    Mario Azzopardi: Epistoli mid-Deżert: Poeżiji u Poesaġġi. Horizons, 2014. 212 pp. Mario Azzopardi was brought up in a very Catholic family and belonged to St Ġorġ Preca’s MUSEUM religious society, but since early manhood he has been an atheist –...

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