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  • 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...

  • Malta and the rising in Libya

    Malta and the rising in Libya

    Joseph Cassar: Gonzi and Malta’s Break with Gaddafi – Recollections of a Premier. Kite Group, 2013. 440 pp. Some people think that the news bulletin says it all. After having heard the news on various media, these same people feel confident to...

  • Our medieval legacy explored

    Our medieval legacy explored

    The 439 years before the arrival of the Knights of the Order of St John were a period of transition for the Maltese Islands. This time saw Malta go from a Muslim island, conquered in 870, gradually changing into a bulwark of Latin Christianity...

  • Fined for blowing Rowling cover

    A lawyer who blew J.K. Rowling’s cover when she wrote a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith has been fined £1,000 and received a written warning from a British legal watchdog. Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which...

  • Not-so-elementary dispute, Watson

    Not-so-elementary dispute, Watson

    It’s the kind of puzzle that might have amused Sherlock Holmes himself. Now that copyright protections have expired on nearly all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales about the pipe-puffing detective in the deerstalker hat, are writers free to depict...

  • The challenge of rightly interpreting the story

    The challenge of rightly interpreting the story

    A recent statistic I encountered was that over 250 million images are posted each day on Facebook alone! When one looks at the large majority of these pictures, one is many times at a loss in finding any worth investigating and reflecting on. This...

  • Packaging the world

    Packaging the world

    Darrin Zammit-Lupi (Ed); Times Photography Annual 2013. Allied Publications, 2013. 192 pp. The camera is apt, loaded, ready to select that infinitesimal moment in time; preserving it for all to see and share. This is what the camera does best. No...

  • The establishment of a profession in education

    George Cassar: The Emergence of a Maltese Teacher Corps: From modest origins to strength in unity 1800-1919. Malta University Publishing, 2012. 243 pp. Of the many studies on the development of education in Malta, most have focused on more recent...

  • Book traces history of Chamber of Commerce

    Signifying an exciting step in the history of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, the publication La Borsa – The People, The Building, The History provides an insight into the intricate world of a multi-faceted business...

  • Memories of World War II Malta

    Laurence Mizzi: Dizzjunarju ta’ Malta fil-Gwerra. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2013. 96 pp. Laurence Mizzi is the author of readable and informative books about Malta in World War II, mainly in Maltese but with a couple also in English. In this new book,...

  • Troglodyte marriages

    Joseph Borg: Documents on Għar il-Kbir, Malta 1588-1733. Union Print, 2013. 248 pp. One of the most fascinating places to visit on the Maltese islands, especially for those who are interested in both history and archaeology, is Għar il-Kbir, which...

  • The tough journey of life

    Emily Barbaro-Sant, Siltiet mill-Imgħoddi ta’ Ħajti, A&M Printing, 2011. 265 pp. It was way back in the mid-1990s that I heard for the first time of Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, the Benedictine nun of the Mdina Monastery whose cause for...

  • National Book Prize kids’ category winner

    National Book Prize kids’ category winner

    A book narrating the true life story of an Eritrean, who found refuge in Malta, earned Clare Azzopardi first prize in the 2013 National Book Prize – children’s category. The book, Kidane – Ġrajja ta’ Tama/A Story of Hope, was the result of a...

  • Malala wins UK book prize

    Malala wins UK book prize

    Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking up for education and women’s rights, has now become an award-winning author. The 16-year-old and journalist Christina Lamb won the Magic FM Non-fiction Book of...

  • German state drops plan for a reprint of Hitler’s Mein Kampf

    The German state of Bavaria announced on Wednesday it had scrapped plans to publish a new academic reprint of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf with critical commentary when its legal power to ban the book expires in 2015. The southern German state owns...

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