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Books

  • Our national anthem

    Oliver Friggieri, L-Istorja tal-Innu Malti. Kif sar u xi jfisser, Klabb Kotba Maltin, Malta, 2014. 152 pp. Ever since it became our national anthem, the Innu Malti has been used, on some irrelevant occasions even over-used, to underline our...

  • The mist as a metaphor

    Alfred Sant: Ċpar: Aktar Rakkonti u Divertimenti. SKS Publishers, 2013. 248 pp. Alfred Sant, former prime minister and currently a member of the European Parliament, has been declared winner of last year’s edition of the National Book Prize in the...

  • Awards for publishers

    Awards for publishers

    Klabb Kotba Maltin and Midsea Books were awarded prizes for best novel, best poetry book, best children’s book and best production of a book in another language during this year’s National Book Prize ceremony. The awarded books included L-Eżodu...

  • Geronimo Stilton in Maltese

    Geronimo Stilton in Maltese

    Publishers Miller have issued six Geronimo Stilton adventure books in Maltese. These best-selling children’s books are narrated by Geronimo Stilton, a mouse from New Mouse City in Mouse Island. He is the editor and publisher of the city’s most...

  • At last, politics with a smile

    Tonio Borg: Nidħqu Bina Nfusna. Kite Group, 2014. 158 pp This book, written in Maltese, has been baking in the oven for many years. Tonio Borg somehow feared to take the plunge and systematically proffered a whole list of excuses, but at last he...

  • Their journey through their eyes

    Their journey through their eyes

    It’s all in the eyes. A cliche? Maybe, but it sure describes the essence of Darrin Zammit Lupi’s photography publication, Isle Landers. Eyes that look haunted, scared, relieved, excited... eyes that make us live a thousand lives. The lives of...

  • Politics with a smile

    Politics with a smile

    They might portray themselves as the pinnacle of seriousness, but, in reality, even politicians will make us smile thanks to some lapsus or quirk, from time to time. Politician Tonio Borg brings us anecdotes from the corridors of parliament,...

  • A picture book for children and adults

    A picture book for children and adults

    A sign of a quality picture book is when it is enjoyed not only by children but also by their parents and adults in general. Merlin Publishers have published Il-Fabbrika tal-Kliem, a picture book which both children and adults can enjoy. It is a...

  • The incorrigible perfectionist

    Anton Grasso: Mejt, Horizons, 2014. pp138 Anton Grasso’s latest publication is a reissue of collected short stories originally published in 1988. But the author insists it is more than that. It is a minute and attentive rewriting of the same...

  • Verġni Sagri wins book award

    Mario Azzopardi’s book Verġni Sagri, Demonji u Boloh għal Alla (Sacred Virgins, Demons and Holy Fools) is the winning title in the category of research in the humanities in this year’s edition of the National Book Prize. Published by Horizons, the...

  • The slush pile

    J.K. Rowling has been upsetting quite a few of her readers recently, with her repeated incursions into the Harry Potter mythology. On each outing – whether speaking at a festival, on her own Pottermore site, or in an interview – she adds some new...

  • Call for scriptwriters open until tomorrow

    Call for scriptwriters open until tomorrow

    An intensive, two-day workshop with Jean Pierre Magro is being organised by Creative Writing Alliance Malta. Magro is a writer and producer based in London. His latest film production, We are Monster, competed at the Edinburgh Film Festival and...

  • Comics as an educational tool

    Comics as an educational tool

    There’s a drive to include comics in the country’s national drive for literacy and it’s all thanks to the people behind the Graphic Novels Library Malta. It all started with Batman, Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) co-founder Luke Caruana...

  • The pain of others

    The pain of others

    Following the opening of Darrin Zammit Lupi’s photography exhibition Isle Landers and book launch at St James Cavalier last week, I woke up the next day and immediately browsed through the publication over my morning coffee. As I reached the end...

  • The travails of love in later years

    Maria Grech Ganado: Taħt il-Kpiepel ta’ Għajnejja. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2014. 96pp. Maria Grech Ganado has long been a leading poet writing in Maltese as well as in English. She is notable for her relentless self-anatomising, especially since this...

  • New book about horticulture

    New book about horticulture

    A book by Maurice Mizzi dedicated to Maltese horticulture, The Pleasures of Gardening in the Maltese Islands, was launched at an event hosted by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The author presented a donation to the Community Chest Fund...

  • Surgeon’s autobiography launched

    Surgeon’s autobiography launched

    In at the Deep End is the title of the 375-page autobiography of the well-known surgeon Lino Cutajar. The book, which is subtitled An overview of social and historical events and medical developments (1940-2014), recounts Cutajar’s life story,...

  • Japanese version of Peter Mayo book

    Peter Mayo’s book Gramsci Freire and Adult Education. Possibilities for Transformative Action, published in its original English version by Zed Books in 1999, has been published in Japanese by TaroJiro-Sha Editus Co., Ltd. This is the seventh...

  • New picture dictionary in Maltese and English

    The first picture dictionary in Maltese featuring an extensive list of words and pictures totally localised and firmly planted in the Maltese reality, culture and environment has been released by Merlin Publishers. Stampa-kelma, the result of...

  • Isle Landers has landed

    Isle Landers has landed

    Where does one begin to show the plight of thousands who attempt to reach Malta on rickety vessels? Darrin Zammit Lupi tells Veronica Stivala about a project that has been over 10 years in the making. It was a cold, wet and windy December day in...

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