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Books

  • A comprehensive listing

    Michael Galea:Malta – Admirals of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.Horizona, 2016. In my formative years as a young historian studying Maltese history, the author Michael Galea was always...

  • The slush pile

    It’s a glorious early summer Saturday morning in Gorizia, a small town of 35,000 inhabitants at the very edge of northeast Italy. So much at the edge that the Slovenian border quite literally cuts through the city – stroll casually through Piazza...

  • Love in time of war

    Chris Cleave: Everyone brave is forgivenSceptre, 2016. ISBN978-1-473-61869-5 438pp. This is a love novel based in London and to a smaller extent in Malta during the first years of World War II. Both places were submitted to all the force of German...

  • Stories of the Maltese in Australia

    Joe Axiaq: Il-bogħod li jifred. Novelli ta’ Joe AxiaqTrojan Press,Port Melbourne, Australia 2016, 235 p. The name of Gozo-born author Joe Axiaq has become synonymous with The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio, which is the multi-lingual...

  • Remembering Rediffusion

    Remembering Rediffusion

    Veteran broadcaster Toni Sant reminisces about the history of Rediffusion in Malta with Ramona Depares as he launches his new publication about the topic. Remember Rediffusion in Malta, a book detailing the history of Rediffusion in Malta – the...

  • No more tantrums

    No more tantrums

    Are you a parent of a little child who only wants to eat pasta? Who refuses meat, vegetables or fish in all shapes and forms? Who shuns even a spoon zooming about in manner of an aeroplane, unless it’s spaghetti, penne or farfalle? Fear not. You...

  • A book to warm the soul

    “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world,” the English novelist Agatha Christie once said. But what of a child’s love for the mother? And what happens when the love of the two, meets? The answer lies in the latest...

  • Through life and back

    Alfred Massa: Nisġet il-Ħajja:a collection of short stories.Horizons, 2016. This is Alfred Massa’s second collection of short stories. This time there are 21 of them which, as the author himself asserts, have been written over the span of more...

  • DIY or die

    The smell of Turkish coffee, black and white visuals on the wall and all sorts of chemicals, lights, washes and apparatus – if I were interested in developing my photography skills, I could think of worse places to go to. Zvezdan Reljic has long...

  • In a Twilight Dim With Rose

    I could not find a better title in English for Charles Bezzina’s recent, fascinating collection of poems, than a line from Walter de la Mer’s In a Twilight Dim with Rose. The poem perfectly describes Bezzina’s absorbing and evocative book,...

  • War biography published in English

    Serenades Amidst the Sirens, Lina Brockdorff’s autobiographical account of Malta’s World War II, has just been published by Horizons Communications. Unlike other books about Malta’s wartime ordeal, this book is written from the perspective of a...

  • Risking it all for cheese

    Trevor Zahra: Qrempuċu f’Belt il-Ġobon.Merlin Publishers, 2016 (reprint) Qrempuċu f’Belt il-Ġobon (Qrempuċu goes to Cheese Town), by renowned author Trevor Żahra, was first published in 1985. It sold out and was reprinted in 1991. More than 30...

  • More than a travelogue

    From time to time we come across accounts of personal experiences which involve considerable stamina, courage and perseverance. Such is Beyond the Ghibli, a memoir published by Vicki Crowley. Briefly, this is an account of a girl born in Malta of...

  • A snapshot of Ħamrun

    A snapshot of Ħamrun

    A one-off, handmade book featuring photos of the people who make up the community of Ħamrun is being presented to the nation as part of a project that aims to document a country on the cusp of change. St James Centre for Creativity is hosting The...

  • Fantastical approach to heroism, bravery in debut fantasy novel

    A Road to the Throne: Rise with Honour by Matthew Sciriha and published by Lulu is the story of a young man, Lereon Altaros, who must use his intelligence to cope with being exposed to society much later than most people are. He is burdened with...

  • Mgr Ġużeppi Mercieca – a balanced diplomat and kind priest at heart

    Charles ButtigiegIlkoll Aħwa Fi Kristu. Ġużeppi Mercieca: MemorjiKlabb Kotba Maltin. Malta 2014382 pages Two thousand and fourteen being the year in which both Eddie Fenech Adami’s autobiography Eddie – My journey and Archbishop Ġużeppi Mercieca’s...

  • Don Quixote as a poem in Maltese

    In the event of the recently published new edition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote in Maltese published by SKS, Mario Azzopardi takes a look at the grotesque 16th-century Spanish novel. The 16th-century picaresque adventure Miguel de Cervantes wrote in...

  • Journey of a Somali youngster

    A new book, Never Arrive, tells the story of Farah Abdullahi Abdi, a young Somali man, who is forced to flee his home in Kenya because of persecution and stigma associated with his sexual orientation. The publication was launched at the...

  • Treasures for the faith and the bank vault

    Treasures for the faith and the bank vault

    Edgar Vella: Treasures of Faith, Relics and Reliquaries in the Diocese of Malta during the Baroque Period, 1600 – 1798Midsea Books, Malta, 2016. I wanted to believe that my favourite book on relics and reliquaries of the baroque period would...

  • The slush pile

    The slush pile

    Spring is book fair time, with two of the world’s largest and most influential fairs happening virtually back-to-back. Bologna is a specialised children’s books fair, while London is more of an all-rounder beast, encompassing everything print and...

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