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Books

  • The twist in the tale

    George G. Buttigieg: Cigar Smoke. 2013, Malta. 370 pp. A compulsive writer who is constantly dreaming his plots and characters, George G. Buttigieg has just published a collection of short stories titled Cigar Smoke. He is an accomplished and...

  • Introductory without being elementary

    Joseph Friggieri: In-Nisġa tal-Ħsieb Vol. 3: Mill-Idealiżmu sal Postmoderniżmu. Malta University Publishing, 2014. 292 pp. The publication of the third volume of In-Nisġa tal-Ħsieb by Joe Friggieri richly deserves to be commemorated. This third...

  • Encourage your children to read

    Encourage your children to read

    The lack of a wide range of reading material in Maltese< for children who have progressed beyond picture books and are looking for independent reading, is felt by many parents. It is a vicious circle at times, in that child-ren need to read more...

  • Unique processional statue

    Unique processional statue

    Philip Balzan, Joe P. Borg, Philip Sciortino (eds.), Statua Argentea. Luigi Fontana’s silver statue of Saint Philip in Żebbuġ. Malta, 2013. 237 pp Żebbuġ’s magnificent silver processional statue of St Philip is unique in the world and the...

  • Times past and life to come

    Lillian Sciberras: Klessi-dra: Versi Taż-Żmien Maħrub. Horizons, 2013. 112pp. Lillian Sciberras is well known to most lovers of Maltese verse, even though she is not the most prolific of writers. She first came to wide public knowledge when she...

  • Revolutionary Russian poet in Malta this month

    Revolutionary Russian poet in Malta this month

    Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko – best-known for his poem Babi Yar and the eponymous symphony made in collaboration with composer Dmitri Shostakovich – will visit Malta at the end of June. The distinguished Russian poet, writer, actor and film...

  • Love poetry and cancer

    A poetry book documenting the stories of cancer patients, survivors and families who have lost significant ones to this illness has just been published by Glen Calleja. Despite the poignancy of the subject matter, the author describes the book,...

  • The slush pile

    Shop staff at Waterstone’s have a reputation for not being among the most knowledgeable about the books they’re selling. Trust me, then, to find the exception. I had just picked up volume 2 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and the guy at the...

  • A life dedicated to God

    Frank Zammit: The life of Pope John Paul II. Kite Group, 2014. 100 pp. This book was published on the occasion of the canonisation of Pope John Paul II, canonised together with that other great Pope John XXIII of Vatican Council II fame. The book...

  • Bushfire Summer talk

    The prize-winning Maltese-Australian author Lou Drofenik will deliver a talk in English about her new novel, Bushfire Summer, tonight at 6pm in the Faculty of Arts Library, Old Humanities Building at the University of Malta. Entrance is free and...

  • The intricacies of an island’s politics

    John Baldacchino and Kenneth Wain: Democracy Without Confession Philosophical conversations on the Maltese political imaginary. Allied Publications, 2013, 320 pp. Alternattiva Demokratika’s performance in the 2013 elections was nothing for them to...

  • World Cup history book in Maltese

    World Cup history book in Maltese

    An extensive book on the World Cup, in Maltese and covering the initial 1930 edition up to 2010, has been launched by Horizon. This hardcover publication covers in detail all the editions, with a background on each World Cup, at times match by match.

  • Winnie-The-Pooh ‘best-loved book’

    Winnie-The-Pooh ‘best-loved book’

    Winnie-The-Pooh has triumphed over modern titles such as The Gruffalo to be named the best-loved children’s book of the last 150 years. AA Milne’s classic, published in 1926, was the first volume of stories about the likes of Christopher Robin,...

  • The poetry in our islands

    Do you feel that where you were born and grew up, and above all your family, influenced you to become a writer? I grew up in Canton, Ohio, the US – a place, sadly, that’s more prosaic than poetic. But in my family, words were important. My father...

  • 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...

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