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  • Literary hoax that fooled UK high society in 18th century

    Literary hoax that fooled UK high society in 18th century

    With its tales of underground palaces and a diet of vipers’ blood for breakfast, it was one of the great literary hoaxes of the 18th century – now a work of travel fantasy which fooled high society. The History of Formosa gives a fantastical...

  • The philosophy of management

    Charles Buttigieg: Born to Lead. Malta Institute of Management, 2013. 189 pp. This commemorative book, with its distinctive steel blue and gold cover, dressed in a black and red sleeve, makes great reading for managers of firms and...

  • Book on Freedom Day sheds new light on Mintoff’s undertakings

    A new book researched by historian Mark Camilleri is expected to reveal hitherto unknown documents related to events leading to Freedom Day. The book, Jum il-Ħelsien: Il-mixja lejn il-31 ta’ Marzu tal-1979 (Freedom Day: The road leading to March...

  • Correction

    The review of Manuel Borda’s book, Free at last! The Road to Reconciliation, that appeared last Sunday was carried out by Norbert Ellul-Vincenti and not by Norbert Attard.

  • New picture books for the very young

    New picture books for the very young

    Bedtime reading to and with children has long been one of the best ways to get children into the reading habit, as early as possible in life. It’s never too early to start enjoying a book – yet only too often that book is an English one, because...

  • Notes on a peaceful life

    Steven Zammit: The Sweet Kiss of Awareness. Malta University Publishing, 2113. 112 pp. The main aim of Steven Zammit’s book is evidently to raise public awareness in the regard of various aspects of daily life, and to propose practical approaches...

  • Father, why did you abandon me?

    Manuel Borda: Free at Last! The Road to Reconciliation. Strategic Book Publishing and Rights, 2013. 305 pp. Poet and critic Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the US, says that “although Roman Catholicism...

  • Blackadder actor receives accolade for children’s tale

    Blackadder actor receives accolade for children’s tale

    That’s a turnip for the books – Sir Tony Robinson, famed for his role as Baldrick in Blackadder, has landed a top children’s literature prize. The actor, also noted for his years fronting Channel 4’s Time Team, has collected a Blue Peter Book...

  • US novelist Saunders wins prize for short fiction

    US author George Saunders won the Story Prize for his bestselling short story collection Tenth of December, which has been lauded for its formal innovation and keen eye to people’s darker aspects. Saunders, 55, topped finalists Andrea Barrett’s...

  • The science of ageing gracefully

    Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim Von Kondratowitz (eds), Ageing in the Mediterranean. Policy Press, 2013. 384 pp. What is it like to age, if not gracefully at least comfortably, in the Mediterranean? In what ways do state and regional policies...

  • Fifty Shades of Grey hits 100 million sales mark

    Fifty Shades of Grey hits 100 million sales mark

    The trilogy of EL James’s erotic romance novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has sold 100 million copies worldwide. The series – dubbed “mummy porn” – is fast becoming one of the most widely read book series. It has been proved so successful that the film...

  • Archaeology matters

    Malta Archaeological Review, Nicholas Vella (ed.), Issue 9, 2008–2009 (but 2013). The latest issue of the Malta Archaeological Review, the journal of the Archaeological Society, Malta, continues to show notable progress in production. The decision...

  • Rowling to publish second crime novel

    Rowling to publish second crime novel

    JK Rowling will publish her second crime novel this summer, with her private detective, Cormoran Strike, on the trail of a killer who bumps off a novelist. The Harry Potter creator was unmasked last year when it emerged she had secretly published...

  • Shot US politician pens book urging gun control

    Shot US politician pens book urging gun control

    Former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 shooting rampage, has written a book with her husband “to rouse the long-overdue conversation” for gun control, a cause she has focused on since leaving office, her...

  • The demise of the public library

    The demise of the public library

    There are 54 public libraries spread around Malta and Gozo, with over 21,000 members across the whole network. And yet, according to the EU Cultural Participation survey published a mere three months ago, 51 per cent of Maltese said they have no...

  • Biographer as vampire and reader as voyeur

    Biographer as vampire and reader as voyeur

    PSI Kingmaker: Life, thought and adventures of Peter Serracino InglottDaniel MassaProgress Press, 2013 pp950ISBN9789990931792 This ‘monumental’ account raises many questions about the whole enterprise of writing biographies. Although they mean to...

  • Tales of a life misspent

    Ivan De Battista: L-Aħħar Tlettax. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 149 pp. Some people are born under a lucky star, everything they touch turning into the proverbial gold. Then there’s the protagonist of Ivan De Battista’s latest novel. His grandmother...

  • ‘Am I serving God?’ – John Paul II

    ‘Am I serving God?’ – John Paul II

    Pope John Paul II spent decades constantly questioning whether he was worthy of the role he was called to carry out, according to private diaries published on Wednesday in defiance of his request that they be destroyed. John Paul, who led the...

  • A Maltese adventurer in East Africa

    Mark Pullicino: James Martin, the Maltese adventurer. MPI Publishing, 2013. 221pp. This book should attract a good many Maltese readers who will, like me, discover in it an interesting figure – practically unknown in Malta, his native land – who...

  • Researched to meticulous detail

    Grazio Grech: Ġrajjiet is-Soċjetà Mużikali u Filarmonika Leone Għawdex. Gozo Publishers, 2012. 429 pp. I became interested in writing a review for Grazio Grech’s book Ġrajjiet is-Soċjetà Mużikali u Filarmonika Leone Għawdex when, as I was going...

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