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  • Eleanor Catton is youngest Man Booker Prize winner

    Eleanor Catton is youngest Man Booker Prize winner

    New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for English fiction for her novel The Luminaries, to become the youngest winner in the award’s 45-year history. The 28-year-old novelist poked fun at the size of her 848-page tome...

  • New Poirot novel

    The writer commissioned to pen a new Hercule Poirot novel has insisted that she will not introduce radical change to Agatha Christie’s much-loved Belgian detective. Poet-turned-crime writer Sophie Hannah is to resurrect Poirot after being signed...

  • The sacred in the Baroque

    Frans Ciappara (Ed): The Journal of Baroque Studies, Vol. I, No. 1. The University of Malta, 2013. 147 pp The University of Malta’s International Institute for Baroque Studies has recently published the first volume of The Journal of Baroque...

  • A culture uncovered

    Philip Ciantar: The Ma’lûf in Contemporary Libya – An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition. Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2012. 204 pp. Libya has been in the news a lot lately, and often for the wrong reasons. Our collective imagination, conditioned by...

  • Malta’s own Dennis the Menace

    Carmel G. Cauchi: Il-Barumbati ta’ Betta Trombetta. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 88 pp. As a headstrong eight-year-old, with my parents desperately trying to wean me off Enid Blyton books (not that they didn’t serve their purpose, but at the time I...

  • The Malta we no longer know

    Oliver Friggieri: Hekk Tħab­bat il-Qalb Maltija: Triloġija. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2013, 733 pp. This massive volume contains the text of three novels previously published separately by the author: It-Tfal Jiġu bil-Vapuri (2000), La Jibnazza Niġi...

  • Public lecture on Mediterranean underwater forests at DLĦ

    Public lecture on Mediterranean underwater forests at DLĦ

    A joint public lecture about the Mediterranean’s underwater forests is being organised by Majjistral Park and Din l-Art Ħelwa. The lecture will be given by Dr Joseph Borg on Tuesday at 6.30pm at the Din l-Art Ħelwa premises in Melita Street,...

  • Nicholas Sparks on telling stories through text, film

    Nicholas Sparks, best-known for telling poignant love stories through his novels and their adaptations to film, has written another book, The Longest Ride, which shot straight on to the US bestsellers list. The Longest Ride chronicles two...

  • Queen concerned about children

    Queen concerned about children

    The Queen has voiced her concerns about children being attracted to computer games and e-books rather than reading traditional paper books. Her comments came as she presented author Joanne Harris with an MBE for services to literature. Harris,...

  • Heritage Malta sets sail… again!

    Heritage Malta sets sail… again!

    Heritage Malta will once again be setting sail during the annual Birgufest, on an initiative that showcases Malta’s cultural heritage and its beautiful seascape. The Fortifications Harbour Tour will include a guided tour of the Harbour area by...

  • Problem-solving skills from Imeldina

    Meet Imeldina, a sweet child who loves to run around in the rain. Written by Sandra Hili Vassallo and published by Merlin Publishers, Imeldina is the most recent picture book for children aged three to six. How many times have we complained that...

  • Prestigious US award for Maltese professor

    Prof. Peter Mayo, from the University of Malta’s Department of Education Studies, has just been awarded the prestigous 2013 C. Houle Award together with Prof. Leona English, from the St Francis Xavier University, Canada for the book they...

  • Jane Austen’s Emma gets literary makeover

    Jane Austen’s Emma gets literary makeover

    Jane Austen’s heroine Emma will be given a literary makeover by crime writer Alexander McCall Smith in a new novel that will be published 199 years after the original. The book is part of the Austen Project which sees modern authors reinterpret...

  • Bridget Jones fans shocked by spoiler

    Bridget Jones fans shocked by spoiler

    Spoiler alert for Bridget Jones fans and tissues at the ready – Mark Darcy is dead and the world’s most famous singleton has become a widow. The shock revelation came as extracts of writer Helen Fielding’s latest Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mad About...

  • New book about Maltese intellectual

    Arnold Cassola will be launching his new book, The German Memoirs of a Maltese Intellectual – Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680), at the German-Maltese Circle in Valletta. Buonamico was a man of great culture and wide-ranging interests, one of...

  • John F. Kennedy remembered in print

    John F. Kennedy remembered in print

    On November 22, 1963, President John F. Ken­nedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. To mark the 50th anniversary of this incident, police and crime historian Edward Attard has released a...

  • The fascinating saga of a banned book

    Robert Thake, Patriotism, Deception and Censorship. De Soldanis and the 1751 account of the uprising of the slaves. BDL Publishing, 2013. 192 pp. Little must the Gozitan canon Francesco Agius De Soldanis have imagined that the public-ation of an...

  • James Bond novel to bring back agent

    The latest adventure of super-spy James Bond will be published today. The novel, written by William Boyd and called Solo, takes 007 to war-torn Africa as the 1960s come to an end. Boyd follows in the footsteps of authors such as Kingsley Amis and...

  • 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...

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