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  • 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...

  • From Burmarrad to Castille

    Cyrus Engerer: Joseph – Malta li rrid ngħix fiha. SKS, 2013. This nicely produced hardback was published earlier this year during the electoral campaign. It was indeed one of the important instruments used by the Labour party to establish Joseph...

  • A family of prolific mapmakers

    Albert Ganado, Joseph Schirò and Claude Micallef Attard: The Brocktorff Mapmakers. BDL, 2012. In its short life, the Malta Map Society has already distinguished itself by setting up three excellent exhibitions about the island’s rich cartographic...

  • Publication delves into Dacoutros business history

    Ships, Wine and Wars, a new publication by John Dacoutros, offers an account of turbulent wartime periods in the histories of Greece and Malta, and how the turmoil affected families and businesses. These anecdotes blend with the Dacoutros family’s...

  • The theme that chose him

    Carmel Scicluna’s latest novel, Ossessjoni, tackles the difficult subject of paedophilia. Believing that the subject chooses the author, Scicluna tells Veronica Stivala that this story, based on real incidents, had to be told. There’s no easy way...

  • Poetry to withstand the strictest critics

    J.J. Cremona, Il-Kantiku tax-Xagħra. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2012. 144 pp. John Cremona’s latest book of poems is, as usual with him, a feast of pure, unadulterated poetry. This is poetry that can withstand the strictest critical tests of Francesco De...

  • Malta and Marseilles in the Age of Maritime Commerce

    Alain Blondy, Malte et Marseille au XVIIIème siècle. Fondation de Malte, 2013. 618 pp. So close were the commercial relations between Malta and Marseilles during the 18th century that Britain (whose traders at the time were also showing interest...

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