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  • Dan Brown explores the human factor

    Within the next three years we will all face “profound ethical decisions” about “what it means to be human”, bestselling novelist Dan Brown has warned. The writer was speaking about one of the themes of his latest thriller starring Harvard...

  • Harry Potter edition fetches £150,000

    A first edition of the first Harry Potter book, personally annotated by JK Rowling, has sold for £150,000 at auction. The one-of-a-kind copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone contains revealing commentary and 22 of the author's own...

  • The poetry in drugs

    Marie Gion: Għax id-Drogi Sbieħ. Self-published, 2013. 65 pp. If you’re expecting a moralistic, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou lecture, this isn’t the book for you. The Nirvana quote preceding the forward (My heart is broke/but I have some...

  • Brown’s Inferno panned by critics

    Early reviews of Dan Brown’s fast-paced fourth book in The Da Vinci Code series labelled it a “clunky” page-turner that will nevertheless delight his fans. Critics said the dark mysteries, mind-bending codes and history-laced tourism in Inferno...

  • Immanuel Mifsud’s long wait

    Reflecting on his latest publication, EU-literature prize laureate Immanuel Mifsud speaks to David Schembri about the state of waiting, the state of poetry and the state of his health. Immanuel Mifsud sits at a café table nursing a smouldering...

  • Malta’s Mr Speaker rules, OK?

    Raymond Mangion: Speakers’ Rulings in the Parliament of Malta, the Legislative Assembly, 1921-1924, First volume, parts I & II, Parliament of Malta. Malta University Press. 2012, 2,500 pp. Anyone minimally interested in the workings of Parliament,...

  • The idiot’s guide to happiness

    Take up smoking and shoot things. This seems to be the gist of Chevalier John Giordimaina’s pearls of wisdom, as shared in his latest book Bizzilla. Ramona Depares submits to some rather quaint ideas, after unwisely requesting an interview from...

  • Verses that speak of grief and hope

    Joe W. Psaila, Fil-Aħħ u l-Baħ Poeżiji minn ġol-paraxut tat-Tama. Gozo Press. 2013, 150 pp. One of Gozo’s less-known poets who has slowly established himself as one of the island’s leading poets is undoubtedly Joe Psaila, a middle-aged poet from...

  • Understanding the Maltese language

    A new book about the Maltese language, Maltese Through English, seeks to delve more deeply into our native language. Written by Lorna Vassallo, the book includes a wide overview of the grammar and vocabulary of contemporary Maltese in a...

  • Party politics in a fortress colony

    A third edition of Party Politics in a Fortress Colony: The Maltese Experience, written by history professor Henry Frendo and first published in 1979, has recently been released by Midsea. The new edition is updated to 2012 and is available from...

  • App showing 3D sex positions

    The Kama Sutra has been sexed up for the 21st century with a new app that enables couples to study its erotic poses in 3D. State-of-the-art technology transforms the historic manual’s illustrations into holograms which pop up in front of a...

  • The pious noises of the Maltese village banda

    Giovanna Iacovazzi: Un Bruit Pieux, Fondation de Malte. 2012, 352 pp. During my television career I had the pleasure to come close to most of the village każini in Malta and Gozo, each with their popular banda. This happened in the course of my...

  • Surviving after the Holocaust

    As the stepsister of World War II diarist Anne Frank, Eva Schloss was in great demand when she went public with her story of surviving Auschwitz but now she hopes a new memoir will highlight another issue – surviving life after the...

  • Publisher Peter Workman dies of cancer

    Publisher Peter Workman has died of cancer at the age of 74, his company has said. He was the founder, president and CEO of one of the largest independent publishers of non-fiction trade books and calendars. Workman Publishing was known for such...

  • Our legal system as it simply is

    David J. Attard: The Maltese Legal System Vol I. Malta University Press, 2012. pp 445. Would such a thing as a Maltese legal system exist? To the uninitiated in Maltese Law, the immediate response would arguably be similar to my reply if I were...

  • Looking for the contemporary

    Writing Architecture Project: A Printed Thing. AP+, 2012. pp 160. In an article for the Design Observer in 2011, Mark Lamster wrote that the architectural monograph was in no great need of reinvention. His piece, entitled The Architectural...

  • Rare Ġan Anton Vassallo poems collected by Oliver Friggieri

    Maltese poems by well-known, 19th-century, Maltese poet Ġan Anton Vassallo has been published by the Malta University Press in a volume titled Il-Poeżiji. The poems were collected for the first time by Prof. Oliver Friggieri, who has been studying...

  • Melita Theologica reaches out to broader audience

    Melita Theologica, which has been published biannually since 1947, has been recently upgraded to an academic, peer-reviewed journal under thejoint editorship of the Univeristy of Malta’s Faculty of Theo-logy, the Theology Students Association and...

  • Author Ian Banks has ‘just months’ to live

    Author Iain Banks has revealed he has gall bladder cancer and has just “several months” to live. In a personal statement on his official website, the Wasp Factory writer said he asked his partner Adele to marry him and is now on a short...

  • The Good and Bad Science of Autism

    The Good and Bad Science of Autism, a pioneering book about autism research and released today, World Autism Awareness Day, is an easy-to-use book designed to introduce the reader to autism research. Written by geneticist Neil Walsh and...

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