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  • UK’s top non-fiction award

    A ‘shocking’ first person account from inside Guantanamo Bay is up against a historical work about Jack the Ripper for Britain’s top non-fiction award. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s experience of the detention centre and They All Love Jack: Busting the...

  • A detailed narrative of the Maltese in Egypt

    4207 Nicholas D. ChircopA Transient Colony in the Valley of the Nile: The History of the Maltese Colony in Egypt throughout the centuries.Self-published, 2015. 423 pp. This is, without any doubt, the most comprehensive compendium of information...

  • Man Booker Prize shortlist revealed

    Man Booker Prize shortlist revealed

    The finalists for the Man Booker Prize 2015 have been named, with the judges describing the line-up as a diverse and experimental list. Two Britons are up for the award – Tom McCarthy for Satin Island and Sunjeev Sahota for The Year of the...

  • Life’s universal themes

    Life, love and death recur as common themes in Lizzie Eldridge’s works. She speaks to Veronica Stivala about her latest novel, Vandalism. The setting is contemporary Glasgow. Our protagonist is Moira, whose best friend, Connie, is dying of breast...

  • Grey and proud

    There is no doubt that Malta’s laws are finally catching up with the times we live in, particularly for members of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer) community. With the introduction of the Civil Unions Act and the...

  • An evolving literary landscape

    Kit Azzopardi analyses facts and figures related to this year’s submissions for the National Book Prize ahead of the announcement of the shortlist. In a matter of weeks, the National Book Council will announce this year’s shortlist for the...

  • And Then There Was One: Favourite Agatha Christie novel revealed

    And Then There Was One: Favourite Agatha Christie novel revealed

    And Then There Were None has been voted the world’s favourite Agatha Christie novel. In a global poll carried out to mark what would have been Christie’s 125th birthday on September 15, the classic murder mystery came top. The 1939 novel, widely...

  • Titanic’s last lunch menu going on sale

    Titanic’s last lunch menu going on sale

    More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship’s last luncheon menu is expected to fetch up to $70,000 in an online auction, a...

  • The Slush Pile

    The Slush Pile

    Apparently, it’s de rigueur for everyone to list their summer reading. Politicians, all the way from Obama to our local varieties, are spending their summers indulging in politico-inspirational memoirs. Or so we’re told. So allow me to roll out my...

  • Terry Pratchett’s last novel hits the shelves

    Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel has hit the shelves as fans gathered for a midnight release. Readers eager to get their hands on copies of The Shepherd’s Crown, the 41st and last in his popular Discworld series, queued outside...

  • Once upon a time, redefined

    Once upon a time, redefined

    Are today’s zombies more nihilistic than Ovid’s shapeshifters and are our increasingly darker fairy tales a denunciation of the age of violence in which we live? Award-winning writer Marina Warner discusses these and other elements pertaining to...

  • Deadly warfare in the 16th century

    Deadly warfare in the 16th century

    Tony RothmanThe course of fortune - a novel of the Great Siege of MaltaiBooks, 2015 Yes, it’s another novel inspired by the 1565 Great Siege and possibly the longest one ever at over 1,022 pages spread over three volumes. Rothman, who has made his...

  • The trials of adolescent love

    The trials of adolescent love

    Esperjenza Unika, Love, a novel targetting adolescents, is told through the eyes of the narrator, thus putting the reader in close proximity to the happenings, including mobile messages, Facebook chats and Ask.Fm. The novel is remarkable in the...

  • Rediscovering the Great Siege of Malta

    The summer issue of Treasures of Malta is dedicated exclusively to new research and discoveries connected with the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. Exactly 450 years ago, Malta was in the throes of a lethal siege, its chances of survival meagre...

  • No simple beach read

    Alex Vella Gera: Trojan. Klabb Kotba Maltin. 2015. 182 pp. Alex Vella Gera has a knack for throwing the reader straight into an introspective mood from the first sentence and, with his newest work Trojan, things are no different. After Is-Sriep...

  • New book sheds light on World War II battle

    On the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Narvik, author Ron Cope shines a spotlight onto the brave young sailors behind this dramatic military campaign, including his father, in his latest book title Attack At Dawn: Reliving the First Battle of...

  • Summer intrigue

    Following the success of his novel Il-Ġurament tal-Ħatra published in 2013, author Lawrence Gatt has just returned to the bookshelves with his latest novel Id-Dnub ma Jorqodx, published by Merlin Publishers. The novel offers ideal summer reading...

  • A good story’s eternal

    A good story’s eternal

    Published this year by Klabb Kotba Maltin, Skrapp u Skrapp & Co. Ltd u drammi oħra, with illustrations by Marisa Attard, features four plays that have been in the works since the 1980s. Iggy Fenech sits down with author Carmel Azzopardi to...

  • A different wartime

    Charles Bezzina: Wartime Gozo 1940-1943. Self-published, 2014. pp 75. In this outstanding publication, it is evidently clear that Charles Bezzina, poet-historian of wartime Gozo, has in-herited his late father Frank’s undoubted erudition and...

  • A smart narrator

    For most adults, dealing with the world of teenagers feels like gazing at an abstract work of art of which they cannot make sense. A kind of mystery that retains its cryptic nature, even though it is exposed to them on a daily basis in the form of...

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