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Books

  • New book about wartime Malta

    A new book revolving around wartime Malta, Malta’s Greater Siege & Adrian Warburton – The Most Valuable pilot in the RAF, was launched by Paul McDonald. The book focuses on the story of Adrian Warburton, the RAF’s most highly decorated recce pilot...

  • The slush pile

    Just like camels store food in their hump for times of drought, I’m currently reading much less than usual, so I’m finding myself needing to resort to back-provisions of read books. It’s not that I’m off reading, but the side effect of returning...

  • Of noble patriotism

    Ted M. Mizzi: The Rotunda.A Testament to Faith, Courage and Love.Self-published, 2015, 164 pp. Nemo me impune lacessit – No one attacks me with impunity. Few Scotsmen would not be aware that this Latin dictum is, in fact, the motto of the Most...

  • Maltese generals, admirals

    Author Charles Gauci is well known for his books on the genealogy and heraldry of the nobility in Malta. He has also written two textbooks on interventional pain therapy, one of which (now in its third edition and translated into both Korean and...

  • Civil law publication launched

    The Department of Legal History and Methodology within the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta has launched a book about Maltese civil law. The book, Notes of Maltese Civil Law, is edited by President Emeritus Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and...

  • Theology publication

    The Faculty of Theology and the Foundation for Theological Studies recently launched The Quest for Authenticity and Human Dignity, a publication edited by Emmanuel Agius, dean of the Faculty of Theology and Hector Scerri, deputy dean and...

  • Treasuring our endangered biodiversity

    Joe Sultana, John J. Borg: History of Ornithology in Malta.Birdlife Malta, 2015. 390 pp. In his foreword to this book, Mark-Anthony Falzon observes that a history of ornithology is also a history of loss. In the bird kingdom, the loss is tangible...

  • A garden in your pocket

    Josephine Tyndale-Biscoe: Villa Frere.A Lost Maltese Garden Rediscovered.BDL Books, 2015. 64 pp. Josephine Tyndale-Biscoe has superbly dug into the past of the current ever increasing awareness of Villa Frere’s historical connections, bringing...

  • Adventures of a Maltese pirate

    The last book in Sebastian Debono’s trilogy of historical novels is Il-Furban Malti El Sakr Iżur il-Karibew. The first novel of the tri-logy unfolds during the reign of Grandmaster Juan D’Omedes. It introduces Peter, an enterprising youth who...

  • Mein Kampf published in Germany for first time since Second World War

    Mein Kampf published in Germany for first time since Second World War

    An annotated edition of Mein Kampf, the first version of Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto to be published in Germany since the end of the Second World War, has gone on sale. The Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History has worked for...

  • Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin misses deadline for book

    Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has missed a December 31 deadline to finish The Winds Of Winter, the latest book in his fantasy series. That means the HBO season based on that sixth novel will start airing in April, while he is still...

  • Life imagined as a myth

    Antonio Zammit:Love & Myths.Self-published, 2015. 80 pp. This book is written in an elegant style – short, economical but vivid and incisive. The author exploits a historic epic for its mythical relevance and transforms it into a legend or even a...

  • Skorba excavations studies revisited

    A revisiting of the Skorba studies by archaeologist David Trump, which were originally published 50 years ago, was recently published by the Mġarr council. During the launch ceremony, the archaeologist was presented with the first print of the...

  • Collection of short stories

    After a career in banking spanning a period of 35 years, Alex Mizzi set his sights on writing short stories in Maltese. His first book, Mhux Bilfors Hekk, is one of the latest publications issued by Klabb Kotba Maltin and was launched during this...

  • How Tonio Borg knows them

    Tonio Borg:Hekk Nafhom Jien: Rakkonti Dwar Persuni li Ltqajt Magħhom.Kite Group, 2015. The English translation of the book’s title is: That’s How I know them: Stories about people I have met. Tonio Borg uses the word ‘persons’, not personalities.

  • 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...

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