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  • New Lennon and McCartney photo to feature in publication

    New Lennon and McCartney photo to feature in publication

    A previously unpublished photograph of friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney posing on the streets of Liverpool before they became famous, is to feature in a new book. The songwriting duo is seen in the summer of 1961, the year before they landed...

  • Local writer takes on new atheist movement

    Fresh off the electronic press, Illogical Atheisms is the second, self-published e-book by Maltese writer Bõ Jinn. Speaking out to Anna Camilleri against the new atheism movement, he’s determined to make a name for himself, and ruffle a few...

  • Five solid centuries of Franciscanism in Malta

    P. Ġorġ Aquilina, OFM, Il-Franġiskani Maltin (Ta’ Ġieżu) 1482–1965. Klabb Kotba Maltin, Malta, 2011. 744 pp. Fr George Aquilina – Patri Ġorġ to all who have had the privilege to have known him – has earned a solid reputation as a historian, with...

  • Ladies with lace

    Ladies with lace

    Ladies of Malta takes a good look at us – well, not all of us, our women, is what I mean. It goes right through society, so to speak, and I do not say this in an arrogant, condescending, or patronising manner. I say this to stress that, yes, there...

  • Christians and Ottomans in Mediterranean Malta

    Alain Blondy: Chrétiens et Ottomans de Malte et d’ailleurs. PUPS Paris-Sorbonne, 2013. 906 pp. At the turn of the 16th century, the Ottoman sultans had expanded a Mediterranean empire which stretched from Hungary to Morocco, including the Balkans,...

  • A comprehensive guide to the laws of the Order

    Wolf-Dieter Barz and Michael Galea (eds.): Lectures on the Statutes of the Sacred Order of St John of Jerusalem: at the University (of Studies) of Malta 1792 by Antonio Micallef. Karlsruhe, 2012. 266 pp. Textbooks on Maltese legislation are few...

  • Written fiction can be their addiction

    Written fiction can be their addiction

    It is a disheartening reality that books – whether in printed or digital format – are rarely the go-to choice when children have a couple of hours to kill. Ramona Depares tries to find out what it takes to make the younger ones committed...

  • The sights of an attractive old village

    Joseph Borg: The Ħ’Attard Village Core – A Walking Tour of Dis­covery. Attard council, 2013. 47 pp. Attard is one of three attractive villages grouped together in central Malta, the other two being Lija and Balzan. All three of them were already...

  • Pride of place in Żebbuġ

    Anthony Gatt: Statwa Titulari: Arti u Storja tal-Istatwa ta’ San Filep ta’ Ħaż-Żebbuġ. Knisja Arċipretali, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, 2013. 192 pp. The crowning pride in village churches and their festas, held prominently in the summer months, focuses primarily...

  • How the Żebbuġ church came to gain its onyx

    Joseph Vella, L-Oniċe taż-Żebbuġ, BCD Printing – Gozo, 2013. 44 pp. L-Oniċe taż-Żebbuġ is the name of a new publication from Gozo which features the history of the famous find of onyx in a field in the northernmost Gozitan village of Żebbuġ. This...

  • Protecting local bird life

    Pierre Yésou, Nicola Baccetti and Joe Sultana (eds), Ecology and Conservation of Mediterranean Seabirds and other bird species under the Barcelona Convention: Proceedings of the 13th Medmaravis pan-Mediterranean Symposium, Alghero, Sardinia,...

  • An in-depth look at Maltese history

    Joan Abela, Emanuel Buttigieg, Krystle Farrugia (Eds.) Malta Historical Society Proceedings of History Week 2011. Midsea books, 2013. 157 pp. This 30th anniversary publication of the Malta Historical Society’s proceedings of history week may not...

  • When the past catches up with the present

    Alfred Massa: Il-Ħajja Mqallba taz-Zija Rhoda. Agius & Agius, 2012. 192 pp. Alfred Massa is a novelist, a poet and for a long time president of the Maltese Poets Association (Għaqda Poeti Maltin), of which he has very recently been...

  • A return to classic Gaiman

    Neil Gaiman; The Ocean at the End of the Lane. William Morrow & Company, 2013. 192 pp. A Neil Gaiman story is always a big deal. Ever since the man released Anansi Boys, his last novel way back in 2005, fans have been waiting with bated breath for...

  • Two wrongs don’t make a right

    Carmel Scicluna; Ossessjoni. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 160 pp. Tackling a subject like paedophilia through fiction takes guts. Tackling it from the angle that Carmel Scicluna has opted for, not only giving the reader the culprit’s point of view,...

  • Book on tax law gives an updated view

    The Malta Institute of Management has just released Robert Attard’s Principles of Maltese Income Tax Law, updated to 2013. Principles of Maltese Income Tax Law provides an up-to-date discussion of Maltese income tax legislation along with the...

  • Malta’s electoral heritage

    Malta’s electoral heritage

    Mario Schiavone, L’Elezz­jonijiet f’Pajjiżna, 4th Ed. 2013, Pin Publications. 1360 pp. Being an avowed book lover makes me preserve my books in as pristine a state as possible. A notable exception to this steadfast rule is Michael Schiavone’s...

  • Brazil is not really so far away after all

    Carmel Borg (Ed.) L-Edukazzjoni hi Politika: Kitbiet Freire. Horizons, 2013. 416 pp. This is not the first text dedicated to Paolo Freire by members of the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta. As Henry Giroux reminds us, “one of the...

  • In the very best traditions of whodunnits

    Mark Camilleri, Volens. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 320 pp. I’ve always been fond of a good, old-fashioned, detective story. The real whodunnits, Agatha Christie-style, where you can study characterisatrion and attempt to reach your own (often...

  • New book documents Malta’s political history

    A new edition of the history of the general elections in Malta, L-Elezzjonijiet f’Pajjiżna fl-Isfond Storiku 1800-2013, written by Michael Schiavone, was recently released by Pubblikazzjonijiet Indipendenza (PIN). In this fourth edition the author...

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