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Books

  • Saints for an illustrious Order

    Cynthia De Giorgio: Mattia Preti: Saints And Heroes For The Knights Of Malta, Midsea Books, 2014. 144 pp. Mattia Preti’s 40-year-long stay in Malta is undoubtedly the most significant such residence by an artist. Not only was he to introduce the...

  • A classic revisited

    A classic revisited

    Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises seems to draw me like a magnet, particularly in the summer. Every now and then I go back to this novel and glean something new, while the pathos, sadness and tragic existence of these characters always...

  • A bomb that never explodes

    A bomb that never explodes

    “Get 3,000 young people with money, give them cheap alcohol and very sexy girls and don’t tell me this thing should not explode. Every night, it doesn’t.” David Pisani is talking to me in a Paceville lounge on a Saturday afternoon. Some music is...

  • Poetic testament of a nascent politician

    Henry Frendo, Dimech’s Lost Prison Poems, Midsea Books, 2014, pp. 128. On July 25, 1883, aged only 22, from his sombre prison cell in Corradino, Emmanuele Dimech joined a centuries-old chain of lyricists, since Aesop, in singing the virtues of the...

  • Jack the Ripper ‘unmasked’

    Jack the Ripper ‘unmasked’

    Author Russell Edwards claims that 23-year-old Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski was man behind 1888 grisly killing spree in London’s East End It is one of the world’s greatest murder mysteries which has baffled investigators for more than a...

  • The slush pile

    The new Murakami novel is out and, in true disciple style, I’m all set to read it. Ritual (aka obsession, aka weirdness, depending on points of view) demands, however, that this be done in as relaxed a setting as possible, to fully savour the...

  • Call for debut authors’ works

    Call for debut authors’ works

    One of the biggest highlight at last year’s Book Festival was Merlin Publishers’ literary competition, #abbozz. Playing to a full hall, #abbozz set out to discover the next great manuscript and to uncover exciting new book cover designs. The...

  • Knights to conquer New York Times

    Knights to conquer New York Times

    Some say we all have a story to tell – something deep inside us which only needs a tap and it will magically flow out. Steve Berry had more than one story embedded inside him and, once he managed to tap them out, they flowed on and on. And people...

  • The ascent of moneyed man

    The ascent of moneyed man

    David Gasan and Laurence Grech (eds), Wheels of Fortune: The Gasan story. Progress Press, Malta, 2013, 126pp. The Gasan Group of Companies is unquestionably the bee’s knees of local business. The group employs more than 600 people and has...

  • Analysing postmodern issues

    A book that brings together a number of papers on postmodern issues in politics, ethics and education, Does it Matter Who Speaks?, reflects Kenneth Wain’s lifelong professional interest in the areas mentioned in the title, as well as his deep...

  • The slush pile

    I can see the culture editor raising her eyebrows in mock despair as I say how insanely excited I get when I receive pre-publication book proofs from publishers abroad. Pre-publication book proofs are those near-final, bound editions of a new...

  • Book in Spanish by Maltese academic

    University of Malta Faculty of Education Prof. Peter Mayo is the author of a new book published in Spanish with the title Práctica de la Práctica. compromiso y libertad en las experiencias educativas emancipadoras. The book was published by the...

  • A mission of faith

    Having dedicated most of his life to pastoral work in developing countries, Fr John Caruana has just released his book, The Maltese Missionary Experience. Peter Farrugia finds out how his vocation shaped this priest’s life. John Caruana has been...

  • The twist in the tale

    George G. Buttigieg: Cigar Smoke. 2013, Malta. 370 pp. A compulsive writer who is constantly dreaming his plots and characters, George G. Buttigieg has just published a collection of short stories titled Cigar Smoke. He is an accomplished and...

  • Introductory without being elementary

    Joseph Friggieri: In-Nisġa tal-Ħsieb Vol. 3: Mill-Idealiżmu sal Postmoderniżmu. Malta University Publishing, 2014. 292 pp. The publication of the third volume of In-Nisġa tal-Ħsieb by Joe Friggieri richly deserves to be commemorated. This third...

  • Encourage your children to read

    Encourage your children to read

    The lack of a wide range of reading material in Maltese< for children who have progressed beyond picture books and are looking for independent reading, is felt by many parents. It is a vicious circle at times, in that child-ren need to read more...

  • Unique processional statue

    Unique processional statue

    Philip Balzan, Joe P. Borg, Philip Sciortino (eds.), Statua Argentea. Luigi Fontana’s silver statue of Saint Philip in Żebbuġ. Malta, 2013. 237 pp Żebbuġ’s magnificent silver processional statue of St Philip is unique in the world and the...

  • Times past and life to come

    Lillian Sciberras: Klessi-dra: Versi Taż-Żmien Maħrub. Horizons, 2013. 112pp. Lillian Sciberras is well known to most lovers of Maltese verse, even though she is not the most prolific of writers. She first came to wide public knowledge when she...

  • Revolutionary Russian poet in Malta this month

    Revolutionary Russian poet in Malta this month

    Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko – best-known for his poem Babi Yar and the eponymous symphony made in collaboration with composer Dmitri Shostakovich – will visit Malta at the end of June. The distinguished Russian poet, writer, actor and film...

  • Love poetry and cancer

    A poetry book documenting the stories of cancer patients, survivors and families who have lost significant ones to this illness has just been published by Glen Calleja. Despite the poignancy of the subject matter, the author describes the book,...

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