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Books

  • Treasures of the siege

    Louis Scerri:Treasures of Malta, No. 63.Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2015 Giuseppe Calì’s Death of Dragut, on the cover of this issue of Treasures of Malta, is probably the painting that has contributed most to how the collective memory of the...

  • Anything but a kapriċċ

    Adrian Grima:Klin u Kapriċċi Oħra.Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2015. Poetry is slowly enjoying a resurgence on the local front. Years of students breaking their backs trying to connect with the likes of Dun Karm Psaila and Rużar Briffa who – despite all...

  • Reliving the glory days of Strait Street

    Reliving the glory days of Strait Street

    Strada Stretta was the seminal ground which gave birth to the night club scene in Malta according to Vinny Vella, who started playing down that famous alley in his teens. Vinny Vella, who was speaking during the launch of George Cini’s latest...

  • New publication about genetics

    A new publication dedicated to medical research on personalised medicine has been launched. The publication, titled Preventive and Predictive Genetics: Towards Personalised Medicine, is edited by Godfrey Grech from the Department of Pathology,...

  • Fictionalised account of anorexia performs strongly at festival

    Newly-published novel Gramma was this year’s surprise best-seller at the National Book Festival. Aimed at teenagers, the story is a snapshot into 14-year-old Analiża’s life: her loves and her struggles. It also includes her battle with...

  • A major breakthrough

    A major breakthrough

    Gerald Bugeja:The Lost Album, Antonio SciortinoKite Group, 2015. The discovery of a large album of photographs, mostly of works by Antonio Sciortino, counts as a major breakthrough in our understanding of the artist and of his art. The only...

  • Myths and the sea’s allure

    Daniel Massa:Barefoot in the saltpans: poetry MediterraneanAllied Publications, 2015.8. 134pp. Towards the end of his career as an academic and a creative author, Daniel Massa gives us in this volume of verse a reminder of his high worth as a...

  • A poet’s struggle for sanity

    Paul P. Borg:Maqful fil-ħabs ta’ ġbini: il-poeta tat-tbatija, Carmel AttardHorizons, 2015. 768pp. Paul P. Borg, a prolific author whose heart is always in what he writes, has produced this weighty tome that combines a complex analytical biography...

  • Garibaldi’s two unsung Maltese seafarer heroes

    Abraham Borg,Garibaldi’s Maltese Corsairs 1837Midsea Books, 2015, pp 153 The destinies of Giuseppe Garibaldi, Malta and the Italian Risorgimento intertwined inextricably. The Italian general who more than anyone else helped forge a free and united...

  • Early-reading in Maltese for children

    Is your child just getting started with independent reading in Maltese? Then what you’re probably looking for, and struggling to find enough of, are books with very basic text, a maximum of one line per page, and lots of repetition and...

  • A handy identification guide

    Edwin Lanfranco, Guido Bonett:Wild Flowers of the Maltese IslandsBDL Ltd, 2015. 208pp The last decade has seen the publication of several books about Maltese natural history. These works, whether serious scientific tomes aimed at students of...

  • Third volume of biographical series focuses on Herbert Ganado

    The third volume from the Horizons series Bejn Storja u Miti, focusing on lawyer and politician Herbert Ganado, is now available. Ganado is considered one of the most interesting personalities of the 20th century, famous for his four volumes Rajt...

  • Rowling feared first Harry Potter follow-up could not match its success

    Rowling feared first Harry Potter follow-up could not match its success

    JK Rowling revealed the "triumph" of getting her first Harry Potter novel published in America was soured by the fear that her next work could never match its success. The author said she was always confident readers would like her books, provided...

  • Slush Pile

    Slush Pile

    I do love my rituals. Binge-watching Scandal, plus Indian take-away. Glass of Merlot while starting to read a new thriller. Post-lecture New York Best. Sunday morning espresso and newspapers. Yes, I know they all involve food or drink. Other...

  • A captivating, harrowing true story

    A captivating, harrowing true story

    Mikela Fenech Pace,Stolen ChildhoodJacqueline’s True StoryKite Group, 2015. Stolen Childhood is one of the most gripping and captivating books I have ever read. Spanning a 35-year period, it tells the harrowing true story of Jacky, a Welsh woman...

  • Ageing and later life experience

    Marvin Formosa and Charles Scerri (eds),Population Ageing in Malta: Multidisciplinary PerspectivesMalta University Press, Msida, Malta,2015; 380pp 1,217 pp.ISBN: 978-99909-45-79-9, (pbk). €35.00 This is certainly a book for our times. Not a day...

  • Bringing Valletta to life

    Monique Basley,Curiosity walks in Valletta - A guide with an interactive site Publishing another tourist guide about Malta is normally accepted as routine but Malte, La Valette – Parcours-promenades dans la capitale by Monique Basley managed to...

  • Getting to know our artists

    Laurence Mizzi,Artisti mill-qrib: ġabra ta' intervisti ma' artisti Maltin. Horizons.ISBN 978-99957-38-83-9 Laurence Mizzi's book reproduces a series of interviews with Maltese artists he conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the...

  • Creating simple events

    Creating simple events

    Horizons Communications has published another book written by Salv Sammut, Xbihat fuq it-Tila (Figures in a Landscape). The title instantly implies an element of symbolism and metaphor of imagined characters allegorically painted on life’s canvas...

  • Photo book on Gozo’s coastline

    Photo book on Gozo’s coastline

    Gozitan photographer Anthony Grech has released a book entitled Gozo – The Enchanting Coastline. It features over 80 photos of the coastline of Gozo and Comino, including its beaches, cliffs and historical structures. The book launch was also...

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