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  • T'he Pilates of the Mediterranean' – analysis of Maltese society

    T'he Pilates of the Mediterranean' – analysis of Maltese society

    Columnist and academic Fr Joe Borg has published a collection of 73 short essays analysing Maltese society. 'The Pilates of the Mediterranean. Reflections on God, politics, the media and society' is an analysis of contemporary society. The book is...

  • Walid Nabhan wins EU prize for literature

    Walid Nabhan wins EU prize for literature

    Small is beautiful, but tougher going than for the big guns. As a small country with great national aspirations, Malta constantly strug­gles and craves for success and recognition, as can be seen by the yearly debate on our Eurovision showing and...

  • Be what you might have been

    Be what you might have been

    “As you read this, you might be missing a party that some friends are throwing or the meal that other friends are eating without you.” Jacob Burak, a Tel Aviv-based writer who draws from psychology, science and art to examine human nature, wrote...

  • Heinous crime and horrendous punishment

    Heinous crime and horrendous punishment

    William Zammit: Kissing the Gallows BDL Malta 2016. As William Zammit admits right at the outset, this book is not for the squeamish. It is, however, hard to put down, which may be quite an odd description to use for a book based on 10 years of...

  • Comprehensive and convincing

    Comprehensive and convincing

    Stefani Filletti: Towards a European Criminal Law System Kite Group, 2017. Lawyer Stefano Filletti has written a timely book on significant deve­lopments in EU criminal law and their impact on Maltese criminal law. The topic cannot be more...

  • Snapshots of reality

    Snapshots of reality

    Nismagħhom JgħiduJoe FriggieriKite Group, Malta, 2016, 262 pp. In addition to a notable academic career as professor of philosophy, Joe Friggieri has been most prolific as an author. He has written the first popular history of philosophy in...

  • School life in the 1950s

    What was life like for children living in Malta in the 1950s? For starters, they had no pens. Children had to write with a quill dabbed in an ink pot. There were no computers, no tablets, no white boards. In the classrooms there were no tables and...

  • Book festival on campus

    Book festival on campus

    This year’s Book Festival on Campus takes place at the University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, on April 4 and 5. Organised by the National Book Council, the purpose of the festival is to promote literature across the board while, at the same time, giving...

  • Intriguing aspects of Maltese legal history

    Mark A. Sammut: The Law In All Its Majesty.Essays in Maltese Legal History and Comparative Law, Volume 1Lettou & de Machlinia Press I recently came across this book which, however, had been published in January 2016. And, therefore, this is ‘a...

  • On the poverty of paternalism

    On the poverty of paternalism

    A new book, Min Jgħidu n-Nies li Jien – il-Faqar tal-Paternaliżmu (Who do people say I am – the poverty of paternalism), written by Mark Montebello, explores paternalism from all sides. It discusses paternalism on an interpersonal level as much as...

  • Psychology and the Arts

    Malta University Publishing has just published Psychology and the Arts: Perceptions and Perspectives, edited by Carmel Cefai and Louis Lagana. The book features contributions by more than 20 authors from Europe and the US in areas ranging from...

  • Folkore of an island

    Folkore of an island

    L-Imnara, Vol. No. 1 (Issue No. 40), BDL Publishing, 2017. Up to a few issues, L-Imnara, the organ of the Għaqda Maltija tal-Folkore, used to be published in a primitive cyclostyled format that belied the importance of the valuable and original...

  • The slush pile

    “Hi, jien nixtiq nibbulika ktib, ri nrid nml??!” Do you feel the need to add a [sic] or 10 to the above? Go on, knock yourself out. That, sadly, is fairly typical of what passes for a covering note (ah, how it sullies the term itself, for those...

  • Josef Gambin’s quest

    S. DebonoIt-Tfittxija Għall-Ġenwin Ta’ Josef Gambin Horizons, 2016, 210 pages The written word often reveals humanity’s age-old curious preoccupation with its place in the world. The fear that life may, after all, be meaningless drives people to...

  • Truth transformed by fiction

    Truth transformed by fiction

    Awguri Giovanni Bonello! Edited by Theresa VellaMerlin, 2016  183pp. This handsomely printed and illustrated hardback in an elegant slipcase with the book’s title cut beautifully into the case’s cover and with elegant illustrations by Marisa...

  • A dedicated follower of culture

    A dedicated follower of culture

    Joe Sultana:A Man Of Cultural Achievements. Essays In Honour Of Joseph Attard TaboneBDL, Malta 2016 271 pp Indeed it is difficult to compartmentalize Joseph Attard Tabone whose 80th birthday last November was celebrated by an excellent festschrift...

  • Philip Pullman to publish 'equel' trilogy to His Dark Materials

    Philip Pullman to publish 'equel' trilogy to His Dark Materials

    Acclaimed author Philip Pullman will publish the long-awaited follow-up to the His Dark Materials trilogy on October 17, years after the last installment. A new trilogy of books, which he describes as an "equel" rather than a prequel or sequel,...

  • A detailed sketch

    Michael Said:Il-Perit Pietru Attard (1835-1916).La Stella Band, 2016 Il-Perit Pietru Attard is a short but original monograph consisting in a biographical sketch of the founding father of the La Stella Vincitrice Band of Victoria, Gozo, whose life...

  • A passion for Maltese law and history

    Albert Ganado: Judge Robert Ganado. A history of the Government Departments from 1815 and lawyers from 1666. BDL, 2015. Printed in a very limited edition of 300 copies, Judge Robert Ganado is first and foremost a tribute by his son Albert Ganado,...

  • Noletti, Picasso, and other treasures

    Noletti, Picasso, and other treasures

    Various: Treasures of Malta, Christmas 2016, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 The 67th number of Treasures of Malta, the flagship publication of Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, carries on its cover a fascinating detail of a wonderful painting by Valletta-born...

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