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Books

  • Under the carob tree

    Alfred Massa: Taħt il-Ħarruba. Dom Communications Ltd. Publication, 2014. 175pp. Novels have always been popular with the Maltese reader and, in spite of all the countless distractions that today’s technology may wield in the form of challenge,...

  • Harper Lee sequel sparks anticipation

    Harper Lee sequel sparks anticipation

    Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of scepticism surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee would publish a second novel half a century after To Kill a Mockingbird became an American classic. Until Tuesday when...

  • Writer ‘happy’ with reactions

    Harper Lee said she is “happy as hell” about the publication of a sequel to her bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird after concerns were raised about the extent of her involvement in the project. A spokeswoman for her publisher said: “Harper Lee still...

  • 50 years on, new book from To Kill a Mockingbird author

    50 years on, new book from To Kill a Mockingbird author

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish her second novel more than 50 years after the release of her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, her publisher said. Go Set a Watchman, which is set in the 1950s and features lead characters from To...

  • A memoir

    Carmel Lino Cutajar: In at the Deep End: reminiscences of a Maltese surgeon. Allied Publications, 2014. ISBN 978-99909-3-191-4 375pp. Recent years have seen the pub­lication of an increasing num­ber of memoirs and autobiographies. The present...

  • Tamara’s troubles

    Young adult literature – or teenage literature, as it is also called – usually refers to a certain kind of literature that doesn’t treat its readers as young children, but speaks frankly about life and growing up. At the same time, young adult...

  • The slush pile

    Things I learnt over the holidays: New Year’s Eve, with its retrospective mood and all our social media feeds flooded with best of 2014 lists, is not the best of days to read a depressive, mental illness institutionalisation and grief book. But...

  • A loving ode to Fleur-de-Lys

    Lino Gauci Borda: Tentuf mill-Memorji. BDL, 2014. 120 pp. When I received Lino Gauci Borda`s book Tentuf mill-Memorji, I read it within half a day. It is a book full of memories about Fleur-de-Lys, where the author has lived for over 70 years and...

  • An explosive launch

    An explosive launch

    James Patterson, already among the world’s bestselling authors, plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, Private Vegas, which will self-destruct within 24 hours. A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will...

  • Youngsters ‘likely to read less’

    Youngsters ‘likely to read less’

    The pleasure of getting lost in a good book could become unknown to many children as some teachers believe youngsters will be less likely to read in the future, a poll suggests. More than half of school staff in the UK (57 per cent) think their...

  • The long and fruitless struggle

    Mario Azzopardi: Epistoli mid-Deżert: Poeżiji u Poesaġġi. Horizons, 2014. 212 pp. Mario Azzopardi was brought up in a very Catholic family and belonged to St Ġorġ Preca’s MUSEUM religious society, but since early manhood he has been an atheist –...

  • 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...

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