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  • 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...

  • Music-making and rivalries in Żejtun

    Joe Abela: Beland – 150 sena ta’ storja. Żejtun: Għaqda Mużikali Beland. Beland Band Club, Żejtun, 2013. 248 pp. Żejtun is an old and handsome township that played a significant political role during the so-called Mintoff era. Since the 19th...

  • Revolutionising the way to visit the Maltese islands

    Tourists and residents can now embark on a self-guided voyage of discovery around the Maltese islands thanks to the second edition of Island Publications’ Malta Treasure Hunts, a 64-page booklet devised and written by Terence Mirabelli. This...

  • Yoko Ono publishes conceptual art book

    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?

    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

    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!

    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...

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