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Books

  • The slush pile

    The amount of content our minds consume on a daily basis is insane. Possibly, never before have we been such voracious consumers of content in all its incarnations: literature, movie, television series, music, apps, social media and blogs. Or at...

  • The Malta-Pachino connection

    Arnold Cassola, Silvio Aliffi; Malta-Pachino – una storia in comune. Siracusa: Morrone, 2014. 115pp. Cassola and Aliffi give us here a fascinating account of the founding of the town of Pachino, which is near the south-easternmost tip of Sicily.

  • Letters from 19th-century Gozo

    Letters from 19th-century Gozo

    Joseph Calleja (Ed.) The Gozo Observer. The University of Malta – Gozo Campus. December 2013, Pp 42. Three letters from a Ragusan archives, written by a teenager belonging to the Pluchinotta family of Sicilian gentry, have made it possible for...

  • Activity books focus on history and geography

    Activity books focus on history and geography

    History and geography can be a tad boring for the little ones, unless tackled the right way, preferably with a bit of a creative approach. This is exactly what the Exploring Malta series of educational activity books do. Take our islands’...

  • US writer wins UK book prize

    American psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon won the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize for his Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love about raising unusual children ranging from prodigies to those suffering from autism and dyslexia. The prize, which...

  • Jo Nesbo’s tale of revenge has echoes of own father

    Jo Nesbo’s tale of revenge has echoes of own father

    Jo Nesbo, one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers, explores revenge and father-son dramas in his latest thriller The Son, which tracks his own story of learning that his father had fought with Hitler’s army. Together with Sweden’s Stieg...

  • Homage to an unusual hoarder

    John Azzopardi (Ed), Notary Francesco Catania (1872 – 1960), Malta, 2013. PP 228 + xviii. Those who knew him could well claim that Francesco Catania was a rather singular person. A grave and successful professional, an amateur artist, a pious and...

  • Book festival on campus

    Some of Malta’s leading publishers and distributors will be participating in the first edition of the Book Festival on Campus, which is being organised by The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università in collaboration with The National Book Council. The...

  • Celebrated Egyptian author for book festival

    Celebrated Egyptian author for book festival

    Hani Shukrallah, author of Egypt, the Arabs and the World, is the main guest at the Book Festival on Campus, where he will be interviewed by journalist and author Karl Schembri about his latest book, his experiences, the Arab Spring, and the...

  • Paintings by Doris Micallef

    Doris Micallef: Paintings of Malta. 2011, Dormax Press. 168 pp. Paintings of Malta presents a visual image of the beauty of the Maltese islands: a collection of paintings by Doris Micallef. Going through the pages, one can get a glimpse of various...

  • Storytelling for children

    A storytelling event for children, called Legends from the Middle Ages, is being held as part of this year’s Medieval Mdina Festival. The event offers children an opportunity to learn about what happened in Malta and in Europe during the Middle...

  • The slush pile

    So that’s another one off my bucket list: joining a book club. (That’s me, living on the edge, right?) For our first meeting the book to read was John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Green is an American, young adult, fiction author who is a...

  • Who runs the world?

    Clare Azzopardi: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajħ. Merlin Publishers. 2014. 157 pp. Feminist literature has a bit of a scary ring to it, so I am quite wary of using this label. However, Clare Azzopardi’s Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh, fits the description...

  • Maltese honey to Maltese robots

    Maltese honey to Maltese robots

    Truth is stranger than fiction. Researchers at the University of Malta are building technologies that will help robots speak and understand Maltese, others are finding out if there is life in outer space, or using fruit flies to understand human...

  • From Islam to Christianity

    Charlene Vella: The Mediterranean artistic context of Late Medieval Malta, 1091-1530. Midsea Books. 240 pp This handsome volume comes with an important recommendation by a prominent British specialist in Renissance art history, Donal Cooper, who...

  • What happened to William in Malta

    Teodor Reljic:Two. Merlin Publishers, 2014. 144 pp Maltese summertime suffuses Teodor Reljic’s short debut novel as the setting for an English-Maltese family visit to the grand-parents that takes a tragic twist. Nine-year-old William is our...

  • Peter Serracino Inglott biography goes international

    Hailed as the latest icon in Commonwealth biographies, Daniel Massa’s recently published PSI Kingmaker: Life, thought and adventures of Peter Serracino Inglott has now gone inter-national. The European Association for Commonwealth Literature and...

  • The pain and passion of Hemingway’s wives

    The pain and passion of Hemingway’s wives

    For a writer who explored the world of men without women, Ernest Hemingway certainly liked to have women around him. The Nobel Prize-winning author had four wives in all with barely a day between each changeover, as well as friendships with Ava...

  • Religion and the theatre

    Mario Azzopardi: Verġni Sagri, Demonji u Boloħ għal Alla. Horizons, 2013. 287 pp. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…” Thus wrote Shakespeare, in his play As You Like It... and in these two lines the Bard embodied...

  • Six centuries of charting Maltese terrirtorial waters

    William Soler and Albert Ganado, The Charting of Maltese Waters, BDL Publishing, Malta 2013, 140 pp It may at first seem strange for one to feel so greatly enthusiastic about a book of nautical charts, but the latest publication by William Soler...

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