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Books

  • Self-help through poetry for children

    Writer Christine Attard has just launched a book, titled Life Rhymes for Young Minds, to help children understand their emotions better. The book is presented as a collection of self-help poems which aim to address emotions and situations that...

  • Ruled by a woman’s rejection

    Ruled by a woman’s rejection

    Jutta Heim, the namesake of Immanuel Mifsud’s latest book, is a waitress working in Alexanderplatz, East Berlin, with whom Erik Xerri, a famous Maltese actor, has a one-night stand on March 28, 1980. Despite his being a globetrotting philanderer,...

  • A book to delight the senses

    Frances Bissell: The Floral Baker. Serif Books, 2014. 176 pp. You are unlikely to find this cookery book on contemporary cookbook shelves, where cele-brity chefs’ books outshine one another with their bright and glossy colours. But Francis...

  • A separate diocese and vernacular architecture

    Eds: Lino Briguglio, ET AL: The Gozo Observer. University Campus, 2014. 40 pp. This year was a special year for the islands which celebrated no fewer than three historic anniversaries. Gozo, on its part, also had its own significant celebration...

  • The creative partnership

    Cassar, Joseph Paul: The Life and Works of Lewis Wirth and Helen Cavarra: Their Creative Partnership. Publication by Mariz Cassar, 2014. 336pp. Husband and wife Lewis Wirth (1923-2010) and Helen née Cavarra (1926-1978) were two meticulous and...

  • ‘A novel that hits you hard in the stomach’

    ‘A novel that hits you hard in the stomach’

    Australian novelist Richard Flanagan said that before winning the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature he had considered becoming a miner because he found it so difficult to make a living at his craft. Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious...

  • The Man Booker shortlist

    The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, will be announced today in London. Here are capsule reviews by Reuters correspondents of the six shortlisted contenders. The Lives of Others...

  • Crafting words with no borders

    Crafting words with no borders

    The EU Prize for Literature is one of the most prestigious awards available to writers and Pierre J. Mejlak is one of this year’s winners with Dak li l-Lejl Iħallik Tgħid. Ramona Depares discusses the author’s thoughts about the globalisation of...

  • Launch of Vittoriosa book

    Lino Bugeja will be presenting his latest book, Vittoriosa, An Ancient City of Culture, with a discussion . Speakers at the event include President Emeritus Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and former The Sunday Times of Malta editor Laurence Grech. Grech will...

  • The slush pile

    What should I read next? If I had to pick out the most oft-asked question I get from friends and acquaintances, once they’ve marked me as a book person, this would probably be it. And in a nutshell, this question is why physical bookshops...

  • A new dimension in horror

    A new dimension in horror

    Anton Grasso’s second edition of Mejt (Dizziness) was recently published by Horizons Communications. The first edition of this book was published in 1988. Grasso is one of Malta’s most prolific writers and considered the best horror writer in the...

  • Saints for an illustrious Order

    Cynthia De Giorgio: Mattia Preti: Saints And Heroes For The Knights Of Malta, Midsea Books, 2014. 144 pp. Mattia Preti’s 40-year-long stay in Malta is undoubtedly the most significant such residence by an artist. Not only was he to introduce the...

  • A classic revisited

    A classic revisited

    Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises seems to draw me like a magnet, particularly in the summer. Every now and then I go back to this novel and glean something new, while the pathos, sadness and tragic existence of these characters always...

  • A bomb that never explodes

    A bomb that never explodes

    “Get 3,000 young people with money, give them cheap alcohol and very sexy girls and don’t tell me this thing should not explode. Every night, it doesn’t.” David Pisani is talking to me in a Paceville lounge on a Saturday afternoon. Some music is...

  • Poetic testament of a nascent politician

    Henry Frendo, Dimech’s Lost Prison Poems, Midsea Books, 2014, pp. 128. On July 25, 1883, aged only 22, from his sombre prison cell in Corradino, Emmanuele Dimech joined a centuries-old chain of lyricists, since Aesop, in singing the virtues of the...

  • Jack the Ripper ‘unmasked’

    Jack the Ripper ‘unmasked’

    Author Russell Edwards claims that 23-year-old Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski was man behind 1888 grisly killing spree in London’s East End It is one of the world’s greatest murder mysteries which has baffled investigators for more than a...

  • The slush pile

    The new Murakami novel is out and, in true disciple style, I’m all set to read it. Ritual (aka obsession, aka weirdness, depending on points of view) demands, however, that this be done in as relaxed a setting as possible, to fully savour the...

  • Call for debut authors’ works

    Call for debut authors’ works

    One of the biggest highlight at last year’s Book Festival was Merlin Publishers’ literary competition, #abbozz. Playing to a full hall, #abbozz set out to discover the next great manuscript and to uncover exciting new book cover designs. The...

  • Knights to conquer New York Times

    Knights to conquer New York Times

    Some say we all have a story to tell – something deep inside us which only needs a tap and it will magically flow out. Steve Berry had more than one story embedded inside him and, once he managed to tap them out, they flowed on and on. And people...

  • The ascent of moneyed man

    The ascent of moneyed man

    David Gasan and Laurence Grech (eds), Wheels of Fortune: The Gasan story. Progress Press, Malta, 2013, 126pp. The Gasan Group of Companies is unquestionably the bee’s knees of local business. The group employs more than 600 people and has...

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