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  • The Slush Pile

    The Slush Pile

    “Carbonara, or cacio e pepe? I trust you on food recommendations…” a friend said as we caught up at a regular lunch haunt. Cue proud grin. “More than I trust your advice on books, at this point.” Ouch. Awkward silence. Me, incredulous:...

  • Of sieges and a male laceworker

    Maurice Cauchi (Ed),The Gozo Observer, No. 31University of Malta, 2015. 40 pages While Malta is busily recalling the events of 450 years ago and the Turkish siege of the harbour cities, few may stop to think about how Gozo itself was affected in...

  • Regulating the media in Malta

    Kevin Aquilina,Media Law in Malta: WoltersKluwer Law and Business, 2014, 248 pages Through his new book about Maltese media law, Kevin Aquilina has offered another valuable contribution to Maltese law. This is surely an area with which he is...

  • The 100th Daniel Cilia

    The 100th Daniel Cilia

    The 100th, Daniel Cilia a publication to mark photographer Daniel Cilia’s 100th book about the Malta, has been launched by the Salesians of Don Bosco (Malta). The book is edited by Fr Charles Cini. The book contains a tribute to the photographer...

  • ‘I called him my titanium man’

    ‘I called him my titanium man’

    As the touching and incredible story of Jacob Cachia, the boy who survived a devastating brain infection against all odds, hits the shelves this week, we bring you an exclusive excerpt from the book that recounts his family’s harrowing experience...

  • St George statue contract discovered in Gozo

    Anthony FarrugiaIl-Kuntratt tal-Istatwa Titulari ta’ San Ġorġ tar-Rabat, GħawdexGozo 2015, 202 pages Il-Kuntratt tal-Istatwa Titulari ta’ San Ġorġ tar-Rabat, Għawdex, 2 ta’ April 1838 (The Contract of the Titular Statue of St George of Rabat,...

  • The pride and joy of a Gozitan village

    Grazio Grech, Paul Cassar and Anthony GrechL-Għammiedi – 170 Sena l-Għaxqa tax-Xewkin188 pages L-Għammiedi – 170 Sena l-Għaxqa tax-Xewkin (The Baptist – 170 Years the Joy of the People of Xewkija) is the name of a new, sumptuous publication that...

  • 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...

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