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Books

  • The other side of the lens

    The other side of the lens

    Darrin Zammit Lupi (Ed):Times Picture Annual. Allied Publications, 2016. The Times Picture Annual 2016 surveys the quest to chronicle events that took place mostly in Malta during a given period of time. The photographers featured in this...

  • Lupu Lupettu – one of children’s best-loved book characters

    Lupu Lupettu – one of children’s  best-loved book characters

    The wolf in fairy tales is always the baddie. The terrible carnivore who gobbles up the baby pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, the billy goats. The wolf stops at nothing to catch his prey and they make sure their presence is felt by howling, huffing,...

  • Fittixni plot ‘hooks the reader from the very first pages’

    When Fittixni, the manuscript of Antoinette Borg, landed on the publisher’s desk at Merlin Publishers, the whole office dropped whatever it was that they were doing and queued to read it. Not only read it, but revel in it. Borg, a debut author,...

  • Malta’s sacred spaces

    Malta’s sacred spaces

    Richard England:Sanctuaries of the Soul. Kite Publications, 2016. A publication commemorating a specific corpus of architecture by Richard England has just been released. Sanctuaries of the Soul sees this award-winning architect showcasing over 50...

  • The merry band of lads

    A merry band of lads meet regularly at The Grasshopper. The bar is their “temple, church, parliament, brothel, heaven and hell”. It is where they banter about their jobs, their families, their love lives. Most importantly it is where their future...

  • First Maltese Western in literature

    First Maltese Western in literature

    Since the mid-20th century only a handful of Maltese writers have systematically explored a diverse range of themes, genres and stylistic expressions. Besides his political commitments (as Labour Party leader, Prime Minister and Member of the...

  • Three-volume publication on maritime law

    Three-volume publication on maritime law

    The IMO International Maritime Law Institute, IMLI, has completed an ambitious three-volume publication that adopts, for the first time, an all-encompassing app-roach to the subject of international maritime law. The publication celebrates IMLI’s...

  • A novel of courage and survival

    Bestselling Australian author Deborah Abela grew up listening to the story of how her father was born in a Valletta shelter during one of the heaviest bombing attacks on Malta in the Second World War. After the war, her seven-year-old father and...

  • Three 10-year-old students set for a challenge

    Picture three 10-year-old students: Odette who is forever eavesdropping conversations and repeating gossip; Massimo who parrots away anything that he is told and embellishes them with colour; and mischievous Owen who day-dreams of becoming a top...

  • Relations between Malta and Sicily

    Arnold Cassola: Malta-Sicily people, patriots, commerce (1770-1860); Siracusa: Morrone, 2016. The latest in Arnold Cassola’s series of books dealing with the relations between Malta and Sicily has a chapter on Malta’s connection via the telegraph...

  • A collection of reflections

    Every Sunday the Church invites us to listen to the Word of God. Often, instead of being inspired we find it difficult to understand. It leaves us cold if not outright confused. Musbieħ għal Riġlejja by Fr Paul Chetcuti is a collection of...

  • The Slush Pile

    The Slush Pile

    Lights, applause, tearful speeches, air kisses and smiles. You know what they say: “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” So when you have all of the above, it’s usually a safe bet that it’s an awards ceremony.

  • Museum to display Harry Potter first edition

    A rare first-edition Harry Potter book containing personal anecdotes and illustrations by J.K. Rowling is to go on display at a museum. The original hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be available to view at Edinburgh’s...

  • Nothing to write to Istanbul about

    Nothing to write to Istanbul about

    StorjaMalta University History Society, 2015142pp Storja is the journal of the Malta University History Society. It has been around since 1977 but its life has included several periods of hibernation. The latest issue, which follows a seven-year...

  • National Book Prize winners announced

    National Book Prize winners announced

    Mario Azzopardi won the lifetime achievement award for contribution to Maltese literature during the National Book Prize ceremony held last night. The official prize-giving ceremony took place at Auberge de Castille during which winners in every...

  • Malta’s boats and fishermen

    Malta’s boats and fishermen

    Way back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the world-famous author Desmond Morris carried out a very detailed researched study on the boats of Malta during his six-year stint in Malta – a study that he kept shelved for long years and has only now...

  • A new mystery for detective Irvin

    A new mystery for detective Irvin

    Irvin’s favourite packet of snacks, Spintzies, is the target of a band of burglars. They break into supermarkets, cleverly blackening security cameras, leave their mark, but never steal anything. Oddly, in each and every shop broken into, it’s...

  • Living the law

    Tonio Borg:A Commentary on the Constitution of Malta. Kite Group, 2016. Tonio Borg’s A Commentary on the Constitution of Malta is the most detailed book published so far on the Constitution of Malta as it comments, section by section, upon the...

  • A study in Orientalist architecture

    A study in Orientalist architecture

    Conrad Thake:The Ottoman Muslim Cemetery in Malta The Author, 2016, cloth.125 pp On June 4, 1876, the deposed Sultan Abdül Aziz was found bleeding to death in his glorified prison at Feriye Palace. He had slit his wrists with a small pair of...

  • The life of Vic

    The life of Vic

    Victor Calleja: Where’s my Brother and Other Confessions2016, Kite Group. One of Victor Calleja’s first revelations, or should we say, confessions, in his book was that he had been  “ as a child severely admonished by a much older sister and told...

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