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Books

  • Joining the sister islands

    Michael Cassar, The Gozo-Malta Connection. 2014, 311 pp. Last year marked the 130th anniversary of the first regular mail service between Malta and Gozo, as well as the 35th anniversary of the birth of the Gozo Channel Line. Michael Cassar’s...

  • A legend revisited

    St George is one of the most revered saints in the Maltese islands. The legend of St George slaying the dragon has been recounted through generations. Yet, to date there was no local retelling of the story in Maltese. Now, a Maltese translation of...

  • The claim of a tiny nation to statehood

    Writer Oliver Friggieri recalls his experience producing L-Istorja tal-Innu Malti – Kif Sar u xi Jfisser, which delves into how the national anthem of Malta was composed. L-Istorja tal-Innu Malti – Kif Sar u xi Jfisser, is made up of two parts,...

  • The slush pile

    A few weeks back Ramona Depares wrote about book endings that just didn’t do it for her. Which set me thinking about all the things that irritate me in whodunits. And what’s the point of Sundays if I can’t share my bookish irritations with...

  • Malta as protagonist

    The Malta railway is central to a love story written by Richard Attard after his success with the novels Il-Kodiċi Vassalli and Ix-Xabla Leġġendarja. Undoubtedly, falling in love is a popular topic among adolescent readers. But especially for...

  • Personification of a rare virtue

    Federico Batini, Peter Mayo, Alessio Surian: Lorenzo Milani, The School of Barbiana and the Struggle for Social Justice. Peter Lang, 2014. 122 pp. The authors of this book on Lorenzo Milani have done two excellent jobs: they not only went back in...

  • Immanuel Mifsud book launched in Macedonia

    Immanuel Mifsud book launched in Macedonia

    Immanuel Mifsud launched the Macedonian version of his European award-winning book In the Name of the Father (and of the Son) at the International Book Fair of Skopje. Translated by prominent literary translator Vladimir Jankovski and published by...

  • A problem for Vjoletta

    A problem for Vjoletta

    Picture books are great fun in themselves, but when they also help to encourage children towards a practical skill, then the book becomes twice as desirable. Which parent of young children hasn’t struggled to get them past that last, sometimes,...

  • The young and the restful

    What is your favourite book of all time? That is potentially a question with no final chapter. So let’s make it a bit easier for you. What is the most influential book you have ever read? That question opens a door to an impressive library: chunky...

  • Books you can read with your children

    The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenPenguin So you’ve never cried after reading a really good, moving book? Well, rest assured that this one will sting your eyes. Recently adapted to film, John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars is about Hazel, a girl...

  • Governing Malta revisited

    Patrick Staines: Essays on Governing Malta 1813-1835. 2015, 626 pp. A new book has just come out that should be of particular notice to those who entertain a developed interest in Maltese history. Patrick Staines, who specialises in systems of...

  • On the wings of poetry

    On the wings of poetry

    Books of poetry are a delight because we can dip into them whenever we are looking for a few moments to escape into another place. Poems can give us inspiration, comfort, self -knowledge and a glimpse of other people’s worlds and feelings. Wings...

  • Pussy Galore? Bond must be dreaming

    Pussy Galore? Bond must be dreaming

    James Bond and Pussy Galore are to be reunited in the latest novel based on Ian Fleming’s creation. Anthony Horowitz’s novel, called Trigger Mortis, teams up 007 with one of the most famous Bond girls of all time. The writer revealed details of...

  • Politicians in purgatory

    J.W. Psaila: Il-Purgatorju 360º. Self-published. 2014. J.W. Psaila is an author whose name is unfamiliar to me, though I see he has published four volumes before the present one. With this new book I suspect he is now making his mark in Maltese...

  • Hungary's Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize

    Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won the Man Booker International Prize for what the judges said were "magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto...

  • Endings that don’t deliver

    Ramona Depares enjoys three blockbusters that topped charts, only to discover that the each story goes belly-up right at the end. Spoilers aplenty are present. Some books start out at the top of the literary rollercoaster, full of promise and...

  • Bringing books to life

    Bringing books to life

    Pupils at San Bastjan primary school enjoyed a hands-on experience putting a book together thanks to a project spearheaded by assistant head Mark Camilleri. For three days earlier this month, children attending San Bastjan Primary in Qormi, part...

  • Writing to be red

    Writing to be red

    Miriam Calleja can be described by the unusual title of poet-pharmacist. She speaks to Veronica Stivala about her first anthology and points out how the two activities are actually closely connected. Framed by a square-shaped opening at the top...

  • Rhythmical romantics

    Carmel Mallia: Poe, DOM Communications Ltd., 2014, 127pp. Carmel Mallia’s anthology of rhythmical verse reflect the poet’s command and exposure to a cultural potpourri of experiences spanning decades during which he studied philosophy, taught the...

  • EU literature prize winner’s work translated into English

    EU literature prize winner’s work translated into English

    Each of his literary outings has been a huge hit, both with critics but also – especially – with readers who even when not fans of Maltese literature flocked to his inimitable style of evocative, sensual and haunting writing. Pierre J. Mejlak is...

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