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  • And Then There Was One: Favourite Agatha Christie novel revealed

    And Then There Was One: Favourite Agatha Christie novel revealed

    And Then There Were None has been voted the world’s favourite Agatha Christie novel. In a global poll carried out to mark what would have been Christie’s 125th birthday on September 15, the classic murder mystery came top. The 1939 novel, widely...

  • The Slush Pile

    The Slush Pile

    Apparently, it’s de rigueur for everyone to list their summer reading. Politicians, all the way from Obama to our local varieties, are spending their summers indulging in politico-inspirational memoirs. Or so we’re told. So allow me to roll out my...

  • Terry Pratchett’s last novel hits the shelves

    Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel has hit the shelves as fans gathered for a midnight release. Readers eager to get their hands on copies of The Shepherd’s Crown, the 41st and last in his popular Discworld series, queued outside...

  • Once upon a time, redefined

    Once upon a time, redefined

    Are today’s zombies more nihilistic than Ovid’s shapeshifters and are our increasingly darker fairy tales a denunciation of the age of violence in which we live? Award-winning writer Marina Warner discusses these and other elements pertaining to...

  • Deadly warfare in the 16th century

    Deadly warfare in the 16th century

    Tony RothmanThe course of fortune - a novel of the Great Siege of MaltaiBooks, 2015 Yes, it’s another novel inspired by the 1565 Great Siege and possibly the longest one ever at over 1,022 pages spread over three volumes. Rothman, who has made his...

  • The trials of adolescent love

    The trials of adolescent love

    Esperjenza Unika, Love, a novel targetting adolescents, is told through the eyes of the narrator, thus putting the reader in close proximity to the happenings, including mobile messages, Facebook chats and Ask.Fm. The novel is remarkable in the...

  • Rediscovering the Great Siege of Malta

    The summer issue of Treasures of Malta is dedicated exclusively to new research and discoveries connected with the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. Exactly 450 years ago, Malta was in the throes of a lethal siege, its chances of survival meagre...

  • No simple beach read

    Alex Vella Gera: Trojan. Klabb Kotba Maltin. 2015. 182 pp. Alex Vella Gera has a knack for throwing the reader straight into an introspective mood from the first sentence and, with his newest work Trojan, things are no different. After Is-Sriep...

  • New book sheds light on World War II battle

    On the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Narvik, author Ron Cope shines a spotlight onto the brave young sailors behind this dramatic military campaign, including his father, in his latest book title Attack At Dawn: Reliving the First Battle of...

  • Summer intrigue

    Following the success of his novel Il-Ġurament tal-Ħatra published in 2013, author Lawrence Gatt has just returned to the bookshelves with his latest novel Id-Dnub ma Jorqodx, published by Merlin Publishers. The novel offers ideal summer reading...

  • A good story’s eternal

    A good story’s eternal

    Published this year by Klabb Kotba Maltin, Skrapp u Skrapp & Co. Ltd u drammi oħra, with illustrations by Marisa Attard, features four plays that have been in the works since the 1980s. Iggy Fenech sits down with author Carmel Azzopardi to...

  • 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...

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