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Books

  • 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,...

  • Amazon’s book of the year

    Author Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving in Manhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc’s list of 100 best books of 2013. The list is compiled by editors at the online retailer. The top...

  • Learning with fun flashcards

    In today’s schools and kindergartens, flashcards are accepted as a fun and interactive way of introducing the youngest pupils to new vocabulary. Merlin Publishers have launched a series in Maltese, aimed to help parents and teachers get the little...

  • ‘Sorry I ruined your life’

    Biography reveals Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik apologised to his late mother for shattering her peace, while she struggled with hatred and love for him Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who refused to show remorse for killing...

  • Documenting human rights cases

    Mark Sammut, Patrick Cuignet, David Borg; Malta at the European Court of Human Rights. Ius melitae. 2012, 384 pp. Malta at the European Court of Human Rights could not have come at a more apt time, having as its central theme the documentation of...

  • A vital branch of Maltese history

    Mark Camilleri: From Colonialism to Mintoffianism – Malta, a Transition from a British Commercial Economy, Self-published, 2012. 245 pp. Throughout the years, hardly an episode or period of Maltese history remained uncovered. Maltese...

  • Latest book from master of horror

    Tension takes on a new twist as Malta’s king of horror, Anton Grasso, releases his latest book, Ġenn fl-Aqwa Tiegħu (Total Madness). The book, which is published by Horizons, is a collection of 28 new novels, marking the 27th volume of stories...

  • When the plight of Malta obsessed him

    Douglas Austin: Churchill and Malta’s War, 1939-1943. Chalford: Amberley, 2010. 288 pp. The story of what Malta endured during World War II is by and large well known. Hundreds of books have been written about the soldiers, sailors and pilots who...

  • Book fair returns

    The National Book Council (NBC) will be holding a revamped edition of the book fair under the new title National Book Festival. As in previous years, during this event, publishers, authors and bookshops will showcase both their new and their old...

  • The real blurred lines

    Photographer Gilbert Calleja is attracted to the peripheries. David Schembri spoke to him about his latest book, Liminal, a photographic study of transgendered individuals in Malta. In his highly controversial and equally successful pop hit...

  • It all happens in Brussels

    Author Ġużè Stagno is caught comparing himself to Ernest Hemingway and James Blunt when David Schembri speaks to him about his latest book, What Happens in Brussels Stays in Brussels. In the early 1930s, Juann Mamo published his satire of Maltese...

  • Eleanor Catton is youngest Man Booker Prize winner

    New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for English fiction for her novel The Luminaries, to become the youngest winner in the award’s 45-year history. The 28-year-old novelist poked fun at the size of her 848-page tome...

  • New Poirot novel

    The writer commissioned to pen a new Hercule Poirot novel has insisted that she will not introduce radical change to Agatha Christie’s much-loved Belgian detective. Poet-turned-crime writer Sophie Hannah is to resurrect Poirot after being signed...

  • The sacred in the Baroque

    Frans Ciappara (Ed): The Journal of Baroque Studies, Vol. I, No. 1. The University of Malta, 2013. 147 pp The University of Malta’s International Institute for Baroque Studies has recently published the first volume of The Journal of Baroque...

  • A culture uncovered

    Philip Ciantar: The Ma’lûf in Contemporary Libya – An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition. Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2012. 204 pp. Libya has been in the news a lot lately, and often for the wrong reasons. Our collective imagination, conditioned by...

  • Malta’s own Dennis the Menace

    Carmel G. Cauchi: Il-Barumbati ta’ Betta Trombetta. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 88 pp. As a headstrong eight-year-old, with my parents desperately trying to wean me off Enid Blyton books (not that they didn’t serve their purpose, but at the time I...

  • The Malta we no longer know

    Oliver Friggieri: Hekk Tħab­bat il-Qalb Maltija: Triloġija. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2013, 733 pp. This massive volume contains the text of three novels previously published separately by the author: It-Tfal Jiġu bil-Vapuri (2000), La Jibnazza Niġi...

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