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  • Yoko Ono publishes conceptual art book

    Nearly 50 years after writing the conceptual art book Grapefruit, writer, artist and peace activist Yoko Ono has released a sequel that she hopes will inspire people and get them thinking and reading. Acorn, a book of 100 ‘instructional poems’...

  • The action of a computer game, translated to print

    Audrey Friggieri, Avventuri mill-Klassi ta’ Miss Ambrożja Pulis Kiftaranipenġini. Merlin, 2013. 125 pp. When I was younger, I remember very clearly that one of the authors who got me into reading was Enid Blyton. While I realise that nowadays her...

  • Did Springsteen help bring down the Wall?

    Almost 25 years ago, Bruce Springsteen gave communist East Germany its biggest-ever rock concert in a performance that fuelled a spirit of rebellion and may have contributed to events that brought down the Berlin Wall, a new book says. In Rocking...

  • World’s oldest comic book

    The world’s oldest comic book was published in Scotland nearly 200 years ago, according to new research. The Glasgow Looking Glass published in 1825 is thought to predate all other known modern comics. It will take centre stage at the...

  • 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...

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