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  • 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...

  • Joining the sister islands

    Michael Cassar, The Gozo-Malta Connection. 2014, 311 pp. Last year marked the 130th anniversary of the first regular mail service between Malta and Gozo, as well as the 35th anniversary of the birth of the Gozo Channel Line. Michael Cassar’s...

  • A legend revisited

    St George is one of the most revered saints in the Maltese islands. The legend of St George slaying the dragon has been recounted through generations. Yet, to date there was no local retelling of the story in Maltese. Now, a Maltese translation of...

  • The claim of a tiny nation to statehood

    Writer Oliver Friggieri recalls his experience producing L-Istorja tal-Innu Malti – Kif Sar u xi Jfisser, which delves into how the national anthem of Malta was composed. L-Istorja tal-Innu Malti – Kif Sar u xi Jfisser, is made up of two parts,...

  • The slush pile

    A few weeks back Ramona Depares wrote about book endings that just didn’t do it for her. Which set me thinking about all the things that irritate me in whodunits. And what’s the point of Sundays if I can’t share my bookish irritations with...

  • Malta as protagonist

    The Malta railway is central to a love story written by Richard Attard after his success with the novels Il-Kodiċi Vassalli and Ix-Xabla Leġġendarja. Undoubtedly, falling in love is a popular topic among adolescent readers. But especially for...

  • Personification of a rare virtue

    Federico Batini, Peter Mayo, Alessio Surian: Lorenzo Milani, The School of Barbiana and the Struggle for Social Justice. Peter Lang, 2014. 122 pp. The authors of this book on Lorenzo Milani have done two excellent jobs: they not only went back in...

  • Immanuel Mifsud book launched in Macedonia

    Immanuel Mifsud book launched in Macedonia

    Immanuel Mifsud launched the Macedonian version of his European award-winning book In the Name of the Father (and of the Son) at the International Book Fair of Skopje. Translated by prominent literary translator Vladimir Jankovski and published by...

  • A problem for Vjoletta

    A problem for Vjoletta

    Picture books are great fun in themselves, but when they also help to encourage children towards a practical skill, then the book becomes twice as desirable. Which parent of young children hasn’t struggled to get them past that last, sometimes,...

  • The young and the restful

    What is your favourite book of all time? That is potentially a question with no final chapter. So let’s make it a bit easier for you. What is the most influential book you have ever read? That question opens a door to an impressive library: chunky...

  • Books you can read with your children

    The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenPenguin So you’ve never cried after reading a really good, moving book? Well, rest assured that this one will sting your eyes. Recently adapted to film, John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars is about Hazel, a girl...

  • Governing Malta revisited

    Patrick Staines: Essays on Governing Malta 1813-1835. 2015, 626 pp. A new book has just come out that should be of particular notice to those who entertain a developed interest in Maltese history. Patrick Staines, who specialises in systems of...

  • On the wings of poetry

    On the wings of poetry

    Books of poetry are a delight because we can dip into them whenever we are looking for a few moments to escape into another place. Poems can give us inspiration, comfort, self -knowledge and a glimpse of other people’s worlds and feelings. Wings...

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