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  • 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...

  • A major breakthrough

    A major breakthrough

    Gerald Bugeja:The Lost Album, Antonio SciortinoKite Group, 2015. The discovery of a large album of photographs, mostly of works by Antonio Sciortino, counts as a major breakthrough in our understanding of the artist and of his art. The only...

  • Myths and the sea’s allure

    Daniel Massa:Barefoot in the saltpans: poetry MediterraneanAllied Publications, 2015.8. 134pp. Towards the end of his career as an academic and a creative author, Daniel Massa gives us in this volume of verse a reminder of his high worth as a...

  • A poet’s struggle for sanity

    Paul P. Borg:Maqful fil-ħabs ta’ ġbini: il-poeta tat-tbatija, Carmel AttardHorizons, 2015. 768pp. Paul P. Borg, a prolific author whose heart is always in what he writes, has produced this weighty tome that combines a complex analytical biography...

  • Garibaldi’s two unsung Maltese seafarer heroes

    Abraham Borg,Garibaldi’s Maltese Corsairs 1837Midsea Books, 2015, pp 153 The destinies of Giuseppe Garibaldi, Malta and the Italian Risorgimento intertwined inextricably. The Italian general who more than anyone else helped forge a free and united...

  • Early-reading in Maltese for children

    Is your child just getting started with independent reading in Maltese? Then what you’re probably looking for, and struggling to find enough of, are books with very basic text, a maximum of one line per page, and lots of repetition and...

  • A handy identification guide

    Edwin Lanfranco, Guido Bonett:Wild Flowers of the Maltese IslandsBDL Ltd, 2015. 208pp The last decade has seen the publication of several books about Maltese natural history. These works, whether serious scientific tomes aimed at students of...

  • Third volume of biographical series focuses on Herbert Ganado

    The third volume from the Horizons series Bejn Storja u Miti, focusing on lawyer and politician Herbert Ganado, is now available. Ganado is considered one of the most interesting personalities of the 20th century, famous for his four volumes Rajt...

  • Rowling feared first Harry Potter follow-up could not match its success

    Rowling feared first Harry Potter follow-up could not match its success

    JK Rowling revealed the "triumph" of getting her first Harry Potter novel published in America was soured by the fear that her next work could never match its success. The author said she was always confident readers would like her books, provided...

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