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  • 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...

  • Military architecture in the baroque era

    Denis De Lucca: Tomaso Maria Napoli: A Dominican friar’s contribution to Military Architecture in the Baroque Age. International Institute for Baroque Studies, 2015. 254 pp. When one thinks of gunpowder fortifications in the baroque age, the first...

  • The depressed bishop and the ostrich’s egg

    John Azzopardi (Ed): Scientia et Religio. Studies in memory of Fr George Aquilina. Scholar, archivist and Franciscan Friar. Malta 2014. 340 pp. The death on September 29, 2012 of Patri Ġorġ bereft the island of one of its meticulous scholars, a...

  • Maltese in Trapani

    In the first half of the 15th century, over 50 Maltese people and their families settled down in the Sicilian city of Trapani.  The reasons behind their decision to move there can be found in the new book by Arnold Cassola, I Maltesi di Trapani...

  • Harper Lee’s home town celebrates her new novel

    Harper Lee’s home town celebrates her new novel

    To Kill a Mockingbird fans in US and UK queue for copy of sequel to Pulitzer Prize-winning book, released after 55 years to mixed reactions from critics In the southern home town of author Harper Lee, a freight truck unloaded the first of 7,000...

  • Thought provoking or simply bad?

    Thought provoking or simply bad?

    Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has been met with a mixed reception from literature critics. As literature fans queued in the UK to be among the first to get their hands on the follow-up to the US author’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one...

  • A long wait for Watchman

    A long wait for Watchman

    The half-century gap between Harper Lee’s first and second novels is one of the longest literary intervals of recent times. Go Set a Watchman is being published 55 years after its predecessor, To Kill a Mockingbird, making it one of the slowest...

  • When the saints keep marching in

    Jeremy Boissevain: Factions, Friends and Feasts: Anthropological perspectives on the Mediterranean, New York & Oxford. Berghahn, 2013, x+310pp. Anthropologists might be accused of habitually overstaying their welcome. That’s because the way they...

  • The tragic environmentalist and poet

    Paul P. Borg: Eternità. Poeżija ta’ Paul P. Borg, Viżwali ta’ Gabrial Caruana. Horizons, 2015. This is a handsome and extraordinary book, but then the two authors, Paul P. Borg and the veteran artist Gabriel Caruana, are both...

  • A man for all reasons

    Roger Ellul Micallef: Zammit of Malta. Allied Publications, 2013. 902 pp. While there is no shortage of biographies of politicians and prelates in Malta, the same cannot be said about biographies of scientists who have made a real impact on the...

  • New children’s book by Ġorġ Mallia

    Ġorġ Mallia is a name intimately connected with the world of books and reading. A researcher, academic, author and illustrator, he is rarely far away from a book. Various other commitments have, however, kept him away from writing children’s...

  • Longterm portrait of a couple

    Alfred Massa: Weraq tal-Ħarifa. Bronk Publication, 2014. 204 pp. This new novel opens at a specific point in time: the present, in November, on All Souls Day, thus in autumn. The two main characters are the elderly Salvu and Vanda, his second wife.

  • A hint of an explanation

    Mark Vella: X’Seta’ Ġralu Kevin Cacciattolo? Merlin, 2014. X’Seta’ Ġralu Kevin Cacciattolo? had much hype backing up its release last year. The novel was the winner of the first #abbozz competition, a contest in which writers pitched their...

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