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  • Problem-solving skills from Imeldina

    Meet Imeldina, a sweet child who loves to run around in the rain. Written by Sandra Hili Vassallo and published by Merlin Publishers, Imeldina is the most recent picture book for children aged three to six. How many times have we complained that...

  • Prestigious US award for Maltese professor

    Prof. Peter Mayo, from the University of Malta’s Department of Education Studies, has just been awarded the prestigous 2013 C. Houle Award together with Prof. Leona English, from the St Francis Xavier University, Canada for the book they...

  • Jane Austen’s Emma gets literary makeover

    Jane Austen’s heroine Emma will be given a literary makeover by crime writer Alexander McCall Smith in a new novel that will be published 199 years after the original. The book is part of the Austen Project which sees modern authors reinterpret...

  • Bridget Jones fans shocked by spoiler

    Spoiler alert for Bridget Jones fans and tissues at the ready – Mark Darcy is dead and the world’s most famous singleton has become a widow. The shock revelation came as extracts of writer Helen Fielding’s latest Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mad About...

  • New book about Maltese intellectual

    Arnold Cassola will be launching his new book, The German Memoirs of a Maltese Intellectual – Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680), at the German-Maltese Circle in Valletta. Buonamico was a man of great culture and wide-ranging interests, one of...

  • John F. Kennedy remembered in print

    On November 22, 1963, President John F. Ken­nedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. To mark the 50th anniversary of this incident, police and crime historian Edward Attard has released a...

  • The fascinating saga of a banned book

    Robert Thake, Patriotism, Deception and Censorship. De Soldanis and the 1751 account of the uprising of the slaves. BDL Publishing, 2013. 192 pp. Little must the Gozitan canon Francesco Agius De Soldanis have imagined that the public-ation of an...

  • James Bond novel to bring back agent

    The latest adventure of super-spy James Bond will be published today. The novel, written by William Boyd and called Solo, takes 007 to war-torn Africa as the 1960s come to an end. Boyd follows in the footsteps of authors such as Kingsley Amis and...

  • New Lennon and McCartney photo to feature in publication

    A previously unpublished photograph of friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney posing on the streets of Liverpool before they became famous, is to feature in a new book. The songwriting duo is seen in the summer of 1961, the year before they landed...

  • Local writer takes on new atheist movement

    Fresh off the electronic press, Illogical Atheisms is the second, self-published e-book by Maltese writer Bõ Jinn. Speaking out to Anna Camilleri against the new atheism movement, he’s determined to make a name for himself, and ruffle a few...

  • Five solid centuries of Franciscanism in Malta

    P. Ġorġ Aquilina, OFM, Il-Franġiskani Maltin (Ta’ Ġieżu) 1482–1965. Klabb Kotba Maltin, Malta, 2011. 744 pp. Fr George Aquilina – Patri Ġorġ to all who have had the privilege to have known him – has earned a solid reputation as a historian, with...

  • Ladies with lace

    Ladies of Malta takes a good look at us – well, not all of us, our women, is what I mean. It goes right through society, so to speak, and I do not say this in an arrogant, condescending, or patronising manner. I say this to stress that, yes, there...

  • Christians and Ottomans in Mediterranean Malta

    Alain Blondy: Chrétiens et Ottomans de Malte et d’ailleurs. PUPS Paris-Sorbonne, 2013. 906 pp. At the turn of the 16th century, the Ottoman sultans had expanded a Mediterranean empire which stretched from Hungary to Morocco, including the Balkans,...

  • A comprehensive guide to the laws of the Order

    Wolf-Dieter Barz and Michael Galea (eds.): Lectures on the Statutes of the Sacred Order of St John of Jerusalem: at the University (of Studies) of Malta 1792 by Antonio Micallef. Karlsruhe, 2012. 266 pp. Textbooks on Maltese legislation are few...

  • Written fiction can be their addiction

    It is a disheartening reality that books – whether in printed or digital format – are rarely the go-to choice when children have a couple of hours to kill. Ramona Depares tries to find out what it takes to make the younger ones committed...

  • The sights of an attractive old village

    Joseph Borg: The Ħ’Attard Village Core – A Walking Tour of Dis­covery. Attard council, 2013. 47 pp. Attard is one of three attractive villages grouped together in central Malta, the other two being Lija and Balzan. All three of them were already...

  • Pride of place in Żebbuġ

    Anthony Gatt: Statwa Titulari: Arti u Storja tal-Istatwa ta’ San Filep ta’ Ħaż-Żebbuġ. Knisja Arċipretali, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, 2013. 192 pp. The crowning pride in village churches and their festas, held prominently in the summer months, focuses primarily...

  • How the Żebbuġ church came to gain its onyx

    Joseph Vella, L-Oniċe taż-Żebbuġ, BCD Printing – Gozo, 2013. 44 pp. L-Oniċe taż-Żebbuġ is the name of a new publication from Gozo which features the history of the famous find of onyx in a field in the northernmost Gozitan village of Żebbuġ. This...

  • Protecting local bird life

    Pierre Yésou, Nicola Baccetti and Joe Sultana (eds), Ecology and Conservation of Mediterranean Seabirds and other bird species under the Barcelona Convention: Proceedings of the 13th Medmaravis pan-Mediterranean Symposium, Alghero, Sardinia,...

  • An in-depth look at Maltese history

    Joan Abela, Emanuel Buttigieg, Krystle Farrugia (Eds.) Malta Historical Society Proceedings of History Week 2011. Midsea books, 2013. 157 pp. This 30th anniversary publication of the Malta Historical Society’s proceedings of history week may not...

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