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Books

  • The weather is just write

    The window is open, but only just: I want to know that it’s day outside, but I don’t want it in here. The coffee machine is gargling meaninglessly in the corner, like some aged grandparent trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle of memories. I have...

  • The capital’s entrances

    Michael Ellul: Valletta, Porta Reale and Environs, National Archives Malta. 2013, 122 pp. Michael Ellul’s Valletta, Porta Reale and Environs is an excellent, timely publication that focuses not only on the controversial gash in the Valletta...

  • The Maltese hymn that reaches round the world

    Hector Scerri, Joe Zammit Ciantar: The Holy Eucharist and the Hymn T’Adoriam Ostia Divina. Foundation for Theological Studies and the Faculty of Theology, The University of Malta. 2014, 96 pp. The 24th International Eucharistic Congress that was...

  • A web of intrigue

    L-Anġlu tal-Lament is a new, contemporary Maltese novel where James Oldens is introduced as a weird character who meets the narrator on an business flight to Lisbon. A particular friendship is born between the two with James’s declaration that he...

  • The Duchesne Library: aworld of profit and delight

    The Duchesne Library: aworld of profit and delight

    It is half past three on a Saturday afternoon in July and my daughter is waiting eagerly by the door of our flat with a backpack stuffed with books parked neatly on the floor next to her. We are getting ready for a 20-minute drive to the library...

  • The summer is magic, tragic and dramatic

    The summer is magic, tragic and dramatic

    Towel? Check. Sun lounger? Check. Frilly drink with plenty of tinkling ice cubes? Check. A pool with clear water to dip your toes into? Check. There’s just one thing that’s missing from your recipe for a perfect Sunday morning in your garden: a...

  • The slush pile

    The amount of content our minds consume on a daily basis is insane. Possibly, never before have we been such voracious consumers of content in all its incarnations: literature, movie, television series, music, apps, social media and blogs. Or at...

  • The Malta-Pachino connection

    Arnold Cassola, Silvio Aliffi; Malta-Pachino – una storia in comune. Siracusa: Morrone, 2014. 115pp. Cassola and Aliffi give us here a fascinating account of the founding of the town of Pachino, which is near the south-easternmost tip of Sicily.

  • Letters from 19th-century Gozo

    Letters from 19th-century Gozo

    Joseph Calleja (Ed.) The Gozo Observer. The University of Malta – Gozo Campus. December 2013, Pp 42. Three letters from a Ragusan archives, written by a teenager belonging to the Pluchinotta family of Sicilian gentry, have made it possible for...

  • Activity books focus on history and geography

    Activity books focus on history and geography

    History and geography can be a tad boring for the little ones, unless tackled the right way, preferably with a bit of a creative approach. This is exactly what the Exploring Malta series of educational activity books do. Take our islands’...

  • US writer wins UK book prize

    American psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon won the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize for his Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love about raising unusual children ranging from prodigies to those suffering from autism and dyslexia. The prize, which...

  • Jo Nesbo’s tale of revenge has echoes of own father

    Jo Nesbo’s tale of revenge has echoes of own father

    Jo Nesbo, one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers, explores revenge and father-son dramas in his latest thriller The Son, which tracks his own story of learning that his father had fought with Hitler’s army. Together with Sweden’s Stieg...

  • Homage to an unusual hoarder

    John Azzopardi (Ed), Notary Francesco Catania (1872 – 1960), Malta, 2013. PP 228 + xviii. Those who knew him could well claim that Francesco Catania was a rather singular person. A grave and successful professional, an amateur artist, a pious and...

  • Book festival on campus

    Some of Malta’s leading publishers and distributors will be participating in the first edition of the Book Festival on Campus, which is being organised by The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università in collaboration with The National Book Council. The...

  • Celebrated Egyptian author for book festival

    Celebrated Egyptian author for book festival

    Hani Shukrallah, author of Egypt, the Arabs and the World, is the main guest at the Book Festival on Campus, where he will be interviewed by journalist and author Karl Schembri about his latest book, his experiences, the Arab Spring, and the...

  • Paintings by Doris Micallef

    Doris Micallef: Paintings of Malta. 2011, Dormax Press. 168 pp. Paintings of Malta presents a visual image of the beauty of the Maltese islands: a collection of paintings by Doris Micallef. Going through the pages, one can get a glimpse of various...

  • Storytelling for children

    A storytelling event for children, called Legends from the Middle Ages, is being held as part of this year’s Medieval Mdina Festival. The event offers children an opportunity to learn about what happened in Malta and in Europe during the Middle...

  • The slush pile

    So that’s another one off my bucket list: joining a book club. (That’s me, living on the edge, right?) For our first meeting the book to read was John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Green is an American, young adult, fiction author who is a...

  • Who runs the world?

    Clare Azzopardi: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajħ. Merlin Publishers. 2014. 157 pp. Feminist literature has a bit of a scary ring to it, so I am quite wary of using this label. However, Clare Azzopardi’s Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh, fits the description...

  • Maltese honey to Maltese robots

    Maltese honey to Maltese robots

    Truth is stranger than fiction. Researchers at the University of Malta are building technologies that will help robots speak and understand Maltese, others are finding out if there is life in outer space, or using fruit flies to understand human...

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