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Books

  • An example of courage to the world

    Frank Zammit: Ġwanni Pawlu II – It-Triq tal-Qdusija. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2013. 114 pp. In view of the imminent canonisation of Pope John Paul II, on the same day as that of Pope John XXIII, it is to be expected that some publication or other will...

  • Harry Potter is children’s favourite

    Harry Potter has cast a spell over young readers after topping a poll to find the UK’s favourite children’s book. The boy wizard’s first adventure, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, received the most votes in the survey by reading charity...

  • Operas Maltese like or have liked

    Tony C. Cutajar: Popular Operas in the Maltese Islands. Faraxa, 2013. 184 pp. I am not sure to whom this book is addressed. Much of it consists of an act-by-act synopsis of the 20 operas forming its subject, when most opera lovers seeking...

  • A Czech folktale retold

    A modern poetic remake of a classic Czech folktale, told from generation to generation, is now available in Maltese and English as a Horizons publication, under the name Budulienko. The story revolves around a little, curious boy, Budulienko, and...

  • Yasmina Reza’s work translated

    After the tremendous success of the Maltese version of Yasmina Reza’s comedy Le Dieu du Carnage at St James Cavalier, Valletta, last November, Faraxa Publishing announces the publication of Prof. Toni Aquilina’s translation from the French...

  • Of national heritage and an undiscovered beauty

    Bursting with exquisite visuals by Daniel Cilia and explanatory text by Vincent Zammit, the first two volumes of The Cultural Legacy of Malta & Gozo are now available. Ramona Depares takes a journey through the multi-faceted charm of our...

  • Continuous contact with people

    Sergio Grech: It-Tabib Sandy – Bijografia ta’ Alexander Cachia Zammit. Kite Group, 2013. 300 pp. This is the second of Sergio Grech’s biographies – the first was about the life of Fr Felician Bilocca some time ago. Now he presents to the public...

  • The city sweeper

    Tony Cassar Darien’s latest experimental foray into publish-ing, Il-Kennies tal-Ġenna, tells the story of Ġanni Borg who, following an agreement with the Valletta local council, sweeps the streets of the capital by night, so that we find them...

  • Book on Gozo’s villages

    For the last four years, writer Clifford Vella has published a new book on an annual basis, with his publications focusing mostly on Gozo. Vella has now released his fourth book, titled Places of Interest in Gozo, which this time is wholly...

  • Juann Mamo box set launched

    The three most iconic publications related to Juann Mamo – Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka, Personaġġi f’Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka (by Anton Cassar) and the collection of poetry in Tħeġġiġa lill-Kittibin – were recently re-released as a box...

  • Literary soiree hosted

    After more than 10 years of successfully promoting Maltese publications via its virtual bookshop, Malta Online Bookshop recently hosted its first event, a literary soiree, which was held at Luciano’s restaurant in Valletta. During this event,...

  • The life and times of a 20th- century Maltese illustrator

    Alex Vella traces the life and career of comic strip artist Harry Farrugia, who worked on some of the most popular comics between the 1940s and 1960s. Born to Maltese parents in Egypt, Harry Farrugia’s name remains tied to the illustrations he...

  • Abnormality at its best

    Anton Grasso: Ġenn fl-Aqwa Tiegħu. Horizons, 2013. 197 pp. I declare I am a typically normal person. I like to sleep on both sides of the bed, especially when I am alone. I like to have an English breakfast, especially when I am in a hotel. I read...

  • A tale of strength and compassion

    A unique story about a mother who faces the challenges of struggling with her child’s autism, and the lessons her family learnt along the way, My Angel is being launched at this weekend’s Malta Book Festival. The book relates Francesca’s life, and...

  • La Valette’s sword at the centre of an action-packed novel

    The sword of La Valette, which has long created a controversy as to whether it should be sent back to Malta or not, was stolen from the Louvre in France. The dagger, which, together with the sword, was given to the Grandmaster by King Philip II of...

  • Total madness

    Horizons has just published Anton Grasso’s latest book: Ġenn fl-Aqwa Tiegħu (Total Madness) which is a collection of 28 new stories. It is Grasso’s 27th volume of stories and his 52nd book in a career spanning more than 40 years. This may be the...

  • Curious events and curious people

    Giovanni Bonello: Histories of Malta. Vol. 12: Confusions and Conclusions. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2013. pp 244. This could well be the last of a long series of volumes packed with Giovanni Bonello’s historical studies about Malta, the...

  • Cringeworthy idiots abroad

    Ġużè Stagno: What Happens in Brussels Stays in Brussels. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 296 pp. First sentences. So important in any book. They can turn you off completely, make your eyes skim uninterestedly over the words and your hands chuck it back...

  • Artistic nudes for first solo exhibition by Paris

    In his first solo exhibition, photographer Kurt Paris presents Incubus, a collection of artistic nudes. The artist views the human body as a graceful sculpture that can cause the most haunting desires. Using a pinhole technique, which captures...

  • Memoirs of a Maltese doctor

    Arnold Cassola: The German memoirs of a Maltese intellectual, Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680). Prominent, 2013. 78 pp. This volume is an adjunct to the 2012 volume about Giovan Francesco Buonamico’s Belgian memoirs, also by Arnold Cassola,...

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