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  • 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...

  • This year’s book festival – a round-up

    This year’s book festival – a round-up

    With the upcoming Malta Book Festival just a couple of days away, it is worthwhile seeing what new titles will be on show at the various bookshop and publisher stands. The programme for this year’s festival, which has already been released,...

  • Moments of nostalgia

    Toni Sant: Remembering Rediffusion in MaltaMidsea Books, 2016. In the early 1990s, Ġużè Aquilina had a weekly series in The Sunday Times (of Malta) entitled ‘Meeting People’. My turn came up on January 17, 1993, when I had already been on radio...

  • A wizard and a tree of life

    Ġorġ Mallia’s latest children’s book is in English and draws visually on the Scandinavian “tomtenissar” (Santa’s elves) that are so popular as decorations over the Christmas season. But there’s nothing Christmassy about Mallia’s Sigurd and the...

  • Paul Beatty is first American to win Man Booker Prize for The Sellout

    Paul Beatty is first American to win Man Booker Prize for The Sellout

    Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the Man Booker Prize for The Sellout which was described as "a novel of our times" by judges. The 54-year-old broke down in tears during his acceptance speech at a ceremony at The Guildhall...

  • Sex, politics, power, crime

    Mark Camilleri: Nex Merlin Publishers, 2016. A detective or whodunit story is one which is read for entertainment and intrigue. Readers around the world are keen on crime and forensic thrillers, as popularised by a number of TV series. But these...

  • Translation of German thriller to Maltese

    In In-Nemmies Alfred Scalpello, senior lecturer in German at the University of Malta Junior College and lecturer in Translation at the University of Malta, pulls off a veritable tour de force of the translator’s craft. In-Nemmies is a translation...

  • A celebration of book culture

    A celebration of book culture

    The programme of events for the 2016 Malta Book Festival reveals the profound transformation this festival has undergone in the past few years. A dynamic and varied celebration of the book culture certainly awaits all bookworms and book lovers,...

  • A new Moses

    Paul P. Borg: Il-Kmandament Numru 11: Ħobb Il-Ħolqien Horizons, 2016.  531pp This thick volume, a work of fiction,  is also an angry com-mentary on the steady ruining of Malta’s environment through the greed of developers and the ignorance about...

  • A wealth of objective data

    Michael Briguglio & Maria Brown (Eds):Sociology Of The Maltese Islands.Miller Distributors Ltd., 2016 If there is anything about Malta which strikes any observer, local or foreign, it is the rate of change which the country has undergone in recent...

  • An inspirational reserve

    Charlo Camilleri:TattwaġġiHorizons, 2016. Tattwaġġi is an inspirational reserve full of existential wealth, a peculiar title and radical energy. What the poet presents to us becomes an invitation to suffuse with his poetical perception and...

  • Crime novel by Camilleri

    In his new book Nex, Mark Camilleri keeps the reader on their toes as he weaves a couple of mystery murders together, and then unravels them to a rather ghastly, unexpected ending. The beginning of the story takes us back to 2003, when journalist...

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