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  • The book that will banish the last great taboo!

    A new book, The Kegel Legacy written by Barry Fowler, reveals why new mothers are wasting their time doing pelvic floor exercises that bear no resemblance to the clinically proven methods developed by Arnold Kegel over 65 years ago. Three...

  • For the politically inclined

    Peter Mayo: Politics of In-dignation. Imperialism, Postcolonial Disruptions and Social Change. Zero Books, 2012. 121 pp. Around the end of 2010, Peter Mayo decided to explore writing online. I was quietly intrigued to see that Mayo had taken up...

  • An ode to Gozitan religious lore

    Toni Calleja (ed): Il-Korpus. Leħen mill-Parroċċa tal-Għasri – 38. Gozo, 2013). 150 pp. These days Melitensia does not come only in the form of A4-size sumptuous publications or attractive coffee-table books but can actually take different forms.

  • Maltese poems and nursery rhymes on CD

    A CD of Maltese poems and nursery rhymes, set to music by prolific composer Mro Dominic Galea, and a supporting website were launched recently at Attard Primary School. The CD, titled Taqbila, contains 17 rhymes which older people would have...

  • Heartless Miranda back in Devil Wears Prada sequel

    Terrifying magazine editor Miranda Priestly returns to loom over former intern Andy Sachs a decade later in Lauren Weisberger’s sequel to her bestselling debut novel The Devil Wears Prada. Weisberger, now married and a mother, brings us up to date...

  • Final novel by Iain Banks out 11 days after death

    The final novel of Scottish author Iain Banks was released yesterday to bittersweet acclaim 11 days after he died of the very disease around which the plot revolves. The Quarry describes the final weeks in the life of a man named Guy in his 40s...

  • Comics publisher Thompson dies

    Kim Thompson – the co-publisher of the influential Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books, known for celebrated alternative comics, graphic novels and comic strip anthologies – has died. Fantagraphics announced Thompson’s death four months...

  • Author Vince Flynn dies at 47

    Bestselling author Vince Flynn, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counter-terrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the US alone, died yesterday after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer, said friends and his publisher.

  • Taylor Bradford gives 50 Shades a caning

    Bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford has dismissed erotic romance 50 Shades Of Grey. The writer, 80, who has penned 28 novels, amassing a £200 million (€234 million) fortune, said that the E L James’s novel was “terribly badly written”. She...

  • Worthy study on students’ behavioural difficulties

    Carmel Cefai and Liberato Camilleri: Building Resilience in School Children: Risk and Promotive Factors amongst Maltese Primary School Pupils. European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health – University of Malta, 2011. 231...

  • An ode to love and the pain it brings with it

    Alfred Grech, Mix-Xefaq u Lil Hinn. Għawdex, 2012. 151 pp. Trying to keep the pace with publications from the island of Gozo is becoming quite a feat in itself; it seems as if literature from the island is passing through some sort of renaissance,...

  • Scarlett Johansson sues over book

    Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing house over a novel that uses her name and image and explores the challenges of being beautiful. The JC Lattes publishing house said today that a lawsuit was filed about Gregoire...

  • Iain Banks dies of cancer

    Iain Banks, the award-winning Scottish author, has died aged 59 from cancer two months after revealing that he was suffering from the disease, a friend said. Banks, whose books included The Wasp Factory, penned an emotional statement in April in...

  • Prisons No More

    A collection of mostly science fiction stories, Prisons No More is the third book published by Josephine Ciancio. The stories deal with a variety of topics that are inspired by the fantastical. In the first story, from which the book takes its...

  • Conservation of our heritage

    Ruben Abela (Ed.): The Żejtun Roman Villa. Wirt iż-Żejtun, 2012. 144 pp. Many a time during my days as a student at the erstwhile Carlo Diacono Girls’ Junior Lyceum (currently St Margaret College Girls’ Secondary) in Żejtun, I found myself...

  • Novelist Tom Sharpe dies at 85

    Novelist Tom Sharpe, known for his satirical farces such as Blott On The Landscape and his Wilt series of books, has died at the age of 85. The writer, whose works had been adapted for TV, had major success with his 16 books, although there were...

  • Thrills, satire and just a little sex

    Alfred Sant: George Bush f’Malta. SKS, 2013. 324 pp. Alfred Sant’s latest novel is a detective story-cum-thriller which also gives a satirical picture of today’s Malta. The plot includes the type of events made familiar by a thousand novels, films...

  • A visually stunning chronicle

    Giovanni Bonello (Ed), Vanity, Profanity & Worship: Jewellery from the Maltese Islands, 2013. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti in association with Allied Publications, 428 pp. The Vanity, Profanity & Worship – Jewellery from the Maltese Islands...

  • The Maltese dream, according to Vassalli

    Frans Sammut, Il-Ħolma Maltija, 2012. SKS, 444 pp. Frans Sammut’s Il-Ħolma Maltija was first published in 1994, and immediately claimed its place among the finest novels in the Maltese language. After 18 years, this second edition is most welcome,...

  • The Holocaust brought up close

    Peter Apap Bologna, Lost Generations, 2012. Progress Press, 477 pp. I had lost touch with my cousin Peter Apap Bologna for 50 years, as he and I wandered around different countries and continents, until, early last year, I was very touched to see...

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