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  • Crossing the channel, so to speak

    Giuseppe Brincat, Elena D’Avenia, L’Inchiesta marinara a Malta. Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani, Palermo, 2014, 126pp + 50 plates. Every so often we read of Sicilian fishermen who are handed down crippling fines for plying their...

  • Improbably fun, unexpectedly relevant

    Michael Refalo: The Maltese Nineteenth-Century Notary and his Archives. BDL, 2014, 128 pp. I have no idea why, but I find that the vast majority of Gozitans I met during my life possess a subtle congeniality, a characteristic which I like a lot...

  • Second edition of Duende to be launched

    The second edition of Duende, Lizzie Eldridge’s debut novel that focuses on a fictionalised and romantic account of civil war in Spain, is being launched at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta on April 23. Set in Spain 1900-1936, Duende...

  • Mintoff of a thousand hues

    Claire Xuereb Grech: L-Elf Lewn ta’ Mintoff. SKS Publications, 2015. 728 pp. “He did a lot of good.” “I see him only as a dictator.” “He had enormous energy.” “You never knew what he was thinking.” “He was authoritarian and despotic.” “He subdued...

  • Mastru Gerfex in comeback

    Dak l-Imbierek Mastru Gerfex, the third book in the popular series about this amiable character, is again available for sale after some years out of print. Mastru Gerfex, created by Carmel G. Cauchi, is one of the most loved characters among young...

  • Malta’s forgotten poet

    Malta’s forgotten poet

    A society that never accepted him and a mind that was too genial to remain sane. Iggy Fenech sits down with author Paul P. Borg to discuss his biography of poet Carmel Attard. Carmel Attard’s life was almost more beautifully tragic – more poetic,...

  • Book on Valletta Dominican Fathers

    A new book on Dominican Fathers who were born in Valletta is being compiled by Victor Scerri. The book, entitled Patrijiet Dumnikani Vallettjani, will include re-search work regarding these priests along the years. The author, together with...

  • Two generations of Maltese artistic families

    Louis Lagana: Two Generations of Maltese Artistic Families, Vol. 1 Vol. 1, APS Bank, 2014. 125 pp. APS Bank has, in recent years, been distinguishing itself for its cultural conscience by promoting noteworthy artistic initiatives. It has organised...

  • Womanisers, land-grabbers and… honour

    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s works stretched further than his iconic The Leopard. Mark A. Sammut analyses some of his earlier, lesser-known works. The fame of Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957) rests on his...

  • My family and other animals

    My family and other animals

    Merlin Publishers have just released a fresh slew of children’s books with topics that range from the issues that dominate our lives today to traditional Bible stories. Stejjer mill-Bibbja għaż-Żagħar is a sturdy and very colourful pocket book...

  • The slush pile

    Is it too much to ask of a book that it should entertain? I sometimes get the feeling that we all get so absorbed in our intellect-ualisation of reading and writing and the general business of ‘being book persons’ that we tend to forget for whom...

  • Professors, womanisers, land-grabbers and… honour

    The fame of Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi Prince of Lampedusa (1896-1957) rests on his posthumously-published super-novel The Leopard, the top-selling novel of Italian literary history. And yet, when death was just round the corner (and...

  • 54 authors from Gozo

    Joe M. Attard: Profili ta’ Kittieba Għawdxin, Klabb Kotba Maltin. 2014. 259 pp. Publishing in this tiny island with an area and population that could easily fit in a district of one of Sicily’s largest cities is nothing but astonishing. Over 1,000...

  • Fantasy novel for children

    Detective fiction has come back in fashion among kids – that’s assuming it had ever gone completely out of fashion in the first place. And the trend is coming to Maltese literature too. The newest detective to hit the bookshelves is Irvin Vella...

  • 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...

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