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  • Real life inspiration

    Real life inspiration

    The book Her Way – Helen’s Inspiration to Life, written by Ingrid Zerafa for the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation is now available in bookshops. British-born Helen Muscat came to Malta after marrying psychiatrist Peter Muscat. With a very solid...

  • Writer’s memoir of her ill husband wins award

    Visual artist Marion Coutts’s memoir The Iceberg, about the time she spent nursing and caring for her writer husband Tom Lubbock as he slowly died of a brain tumour, was named the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2015. Coutts’s book was chosen...

  • An underlying sense of irony

    Victor Fenech: Malta - Poema Viżiva. Horizons, 2015. 72 pp. Victor Fenech, one of the protagonists of the 1960s’ Moviment Qawmien Letterarju, is well known for his efforts in experimental innovation in the Maltese poetical field, ranging from the...

  • Irvin Vella, virtual investigator

    John Bonello’s recent foray into children’s detective stories has generated an exciting buzz around books for young readers. He tells Ramona Depares about the process that led to this new direction. There’s a huge, haunted house that exists in...

  • Magnificent St Publius

    Magnificent St Publius

    Freddie Tonna, Stephen Tonna, Charles Zammit Moore (Eds): Il-Knisja Ta’ San Publju Fil-Furjana – Storja U Arti. Il-Floriana, 2015. 400 pp. All Maltese have traditionally looked at their parish church not only as a central place of religious cult,...

  • The slush pile

    A kind soul recently introduced me to The Good Wife, a courtroom drama television series. Meaning that I’m currently in the throes of yet another addiction as I binge-watch my way to pre-dawn most weekends. And, immersed as I am in subpoenas and...

  • New edition of arts magazine

    Arts and culture magazine, Patron, is launching its fifth issue in St Anne’s Square, Sliema, at 8pm on Friday. Dubbed ‘The Quality Issue’, this edition digs into the cultural progress of Malta’s creative industries and attempts to focus on any...

  • Crossing the channel, so to speak

    Giuseppe Brincat, Elena D’Avenia, L’Inchiesta marinara a Malta. Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani, Palermo, 2014, 126pp + 50 plates. Every so often we read of Sicilian fishermen who are handed down crippling fines for plying their...

  • Improbably fun, unexpectedly relevant

    Michael Refalo: The Maltese Nineteenth-Century Notary and his Archives. BDL, 2014, 128 pp. I have no idea why, but I find that the vast majority of Gozitans I met during my life possess a subtle congeniality, a characteristic which I like a lot...

  • Second edition of Duende to be launched

    The second edition of Duende, Lizzie Eldridge’s debut novel that focuses on a fictionalised and romantic account of civil war in Spain, is being launched at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta on April 23. Set in Spain 1900-1936, Duende...

  • Mintoff of a thousand hues

    Claire Xuereb Grech: L-Elf Lewn ta’ Mintoff. SKS Publications, 2015. 728 pp. “He did a lot of good.” “I see him only as a dictator.” “He had enormous energy.” “You never knew what he was thinking.” “He was authoritarian and despotic.” “He subdued...

  • Mastru Gerfex in comeback

    Dak l-Imbierek Mastru Gerfex, the third book in the popular series about this amiable character, is again available for sale after some years out of print. Mastru Gerfex, created by Carmel G. Cauchi, is one of the most loved characters among young...

  • Malta’s forgotten poet

    Malta’s forgotten poet

    A society that never accepted him and a mind that was too genial to remain sane. Iggy Fenech sits down with author Paul P. Borg to discuss his biography of poet Carmel Attard. Carmel Attard’s life was almost more beautifully tragic – more poetic,...

  • Book on Valletta Dominican Fathers

    A new book on Dominican Fathers who were born in Valletta is being compiled by Victor Scerri. The book, entitled Patrijiet Dumnikani Vallettjani, will include re-search work regarding these priests along the years. The author, together with...

  • Two generations of Maltese artistic families

    Louis Lagana: Two Generations of Maltese Artistic Families, Vol. 1 Vol. 1, APS Bank, 2014. 125 pp. APS Bank has, in recent years, been distinguishing itself for its cultural conscience by promoting noteworthy artistic initiatives. It has organised...

  • Womanisers, land-grabbers and… honour

    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s works stretched further than his iconic The Leopard. Mark A. Sammut analyses some of his earlier, lesser-known works. The fame of Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957) rests on his...

  • My family and other animals

    My family and other animals

    Merlin Publishers have just released a fresh slew of children’s books with topics that range from the issues that dominate our lives today to traditional Bible stories. Stejjer mill-Bibbja għaż-Żagħar is a sturdy and very colourful pocket book...

  • The slush pile

    Is it too much to ask of a book that it should entertain? I sometimes get the feeling that we all get so absorbed in our intellect-ualisation of reading and writing and the general business of ‘being book persons’ that we tend to forget for whom...

  • Professors, womanisers, land-grabbers and… honour

    The fame of Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi Prince of Lampedusa (1896-1957) rests on his posthumously-published super-novel The Leopard, the top-selling novel of Italian literary history. And yet, when death was just round the corner (and...

  • 54 authors from Gozo

    Joe M. Attard: Profili ta’ Kittieba Għawdxin, Klabb Kotba Maltin. 2014. 259 pp. Publishing in this tiny island with an area and population that could easily fit in a district of one of Sicily’s largest cities is nothing but astonishing. Over 1,000...

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