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  • 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...

  • The tragic environmentalist and poet

    Paul P. Borg: Eternità. Poeżija ta’ Paul P. Borg, Viżwali ta’ Gabrial Caruana. Horizons, 2015. This is a handsome and extraordinary book, but then the two authors, Paul P. Borg and the veteran artist Gabriel Caruana, are both...

  • A man for all reasons

    Roger Ellul Micallef: Zammit of Malta. Allied Publications, 2013. 902 pp. While there is no shortage of biographies of politicians and prelates in Malta, the same cannot be said about biographies of scientists who have made a real impact on the...

  • New children’s book by Ġorġ Mallia

    Ġorġ Mallia is a name intimately connected with the world of books and reading. A researcher, academic, author and illustrator, he is rarely far away from a book. Various other commitments have, however, kept him away from writing children’s...

  • Longterm portrait of a couple

    Alfred Massa: Weraq tal-Ħarifa. Bronk Publication, 2014. 204 pp. This new novel opens at a specific point in time: the present, in November, on All Souls Day, thus in autumn. The two main characters are the elderly Salvu and Vanda, his second wife.

  • A hint of an explanation

    Mark Vella: X’Seta’ Ġralu Kevin Cacciattolo? Merlin, 2014. X’Seta’ Ġralu Kevin Cacciattolo? had much hype backing up its release last year. The novel was the winner of the first #abbozz competition, a contest in which writers pitched their...

  • The fascination of the baroque

    Frans Ciappara (ed.), The Journal of Baroque Studies, Vol. 1 No. 3 (2015), International Institute of Baroque Studies University of Malta. The third number of The Journal of Baroque Studies, the organ of the International Institute of Baroque...

  • The Malta of yesteryear

    The Malta of yesteryear

    Following the publication of the first instalment in his autobiographical trilogy, Memories, Peter Apap Bologna tells Iggy Fenech about a Malta that has ebbed from view, but not from memory. I still remember the day – some 12 years ago now – when...

  • ‘Twerk’ dates back to 1820 - Oxford Dictionary

    ‘Twerk’ dates back to 1820 - Oxford Dictionary

    “Twerk”, the word describing the dance popularised by Miley Cyrus, can be traced back to as early as 1820, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word is one of 500 new entries, including “twitterati” (describing users of the social media...

  • Love in the time of war

    Love in the time of war

    Daughter to a naval officer, Jenny Wilson lived in colonial Malta as a teenager. Now 70, she turns her experiences into a charming fictional novel, In Lazzaretto, with a story that finds the island at the centre of a love story hampered by the...

  • A major historical contribution

    Stanley Fiorini (Ed.) Documentary Sources of Maltese History Part III: Documents of the Maltese Universitas No. 2 The Capitula of Malta and Gozo: 1398-1532. Malta University Press, 2014. 408 pp. This is yet another major contribution by Stanley...

  • Island of inspiration

    Island of inspiration

    Gozo, with its tranquil lanes, wraparound sea views and reflective gaze over the channel to Malta, is the perfect writer’s muse. And, while the Maltese language was only written down relatively recently compared to other European tongues, once...

  • EL James adds colour to Grey character

    Eager readers in the UK have got their hands on the latest instalment of EL James’s sadomasochistic Fifty Shades Of Grey saga after it was published on Kindle before bookshops opened. The new book, called Grey, is a retelling of the first novel in...

  • A return to pre-Enlightenment

    Kenneth Wain: Between Truth and Freedom. Rousseau and our contemporary political and educational culture. Routledge, 2015. 188 pp In this very recent publication, Kenneth Wain continues his lifelong engagement with the philosophy of education,...

  • How the Euro affected Malta

    idMalta & The Euro (2) is a new bilingual e-book in english and Maltese by former Prime Minister and MEP Alfred Sant which focuses on the events surrounding the euro from a Maltese perspective and its impact on the Maltese economy. The book...

  • Sergei Kourdakov’s autobiography in Maltese

    Aħfirli, Natasha is an autobiography dealing with the short, but eventful, life of Sergei Kourdakov. The book, translated by Paul Callus, was preciously published under two titles, Sergei and The Persecutor. Born in Russia, Kourdakov was an...

  • Book focusing on translation

    Malta University Publishing has just released a new publication, Translation Studies from Malta . The book is intended as a guide to some approaches in translation studies with Maltese as one of the languages involved. It shows developments in the...

  • Malta’s first museum and other treasures

    1845 various authors: Treasures of Malta, No. 62, Vol. XXI, No. 2, Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. 96 pp. As the old Marsa power station is being slowly dismantled, few might know that the site on which it lay on, the former Jesuits’ Hill, was the...

  • Rare Magna Carta roll discovered in the UK

    A rare copy of the Magna Carta which had gone unnoticed for generations has been unearthed by researchers. The 14th-century copy which dates to the reign of Edward I is one of just a handful of rolls reciting clauses from the famous charter. It...

  • Mockingbird sequel’s midnight debut

    Book lovers will be able to get their hands on Harper Lee’s much anticipated follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird the minute it goes on sale after Waterstones announced some of its stores will open at the stroke of midnight the day it is...

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