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  • Women, marriage and modern society

    Joe Friggieri: Il-Gżira l-bajda, u stejjer oħra Kite, 2017 Coming less than two years after his successful collection  Nismagħhom Jgħidu, Joe Friggieri is now offering a new volume of short stories, honed with precision. Their prose often...

  • The Kappillan in Maltese

    The Kappillan in Maltese

    Nicholas Monsarrat’s The Kappillan of Malta, first published in 1973 and soon earning international acclaim, will, for the first time in almost five decades, be released in Maltese. The translation had been made by Wistin Born, of Is-Salib...

  • Music to Gozitan ears

    Music to Gozitan ears

    A particular group of renowned personalities who made a name for themselves in the history of our islands have a common denominator: they hail from the island of Gozo. Among these I would like to mention Ġorġ Pisani, Mary Meylak, Ninu Cremona,...

  • Behind closed doors

    Author George Cini rightly launched his book Strait Street: Secrets and Stories from Behind Closed Doors as Valletta became the European Capital of Culture. One can hardly speak about the capital city and not mention its red light district of...

  • Read through…

    Etching of a Shepherd’s Purse Etching of a Shepherd’s Purse, by Francis Attard, is an anthology that gives readers an eclectic choice ranging from the one-line verse to the longest poem exceeding 100 lines. Haikai, the vernacular and mainstream,...

  • Mass abductions in 16th century Gozo

    Mass abductions in 16th century Gozo

    Miriam Calleja interviews Geoff Nelderabout Xagħra’s Revenge, a fictional account of the mass abduction of Gozitans by 16th century corsairs, ahead of the author’s book-signing in Malta. Have you ever wondered what happened to the Gozitans in the...

  • Of national politics and social problems

    Alfred Buttigieg: The collected playsSelf-published, 2017 Alfred Buttigieg is one of a handful of Maltese authors who have established themselves as playwrights on the Maltese stage in the past half-century. A co-founder, with Michael Fenech, of...

  • 51 winners of Man Booker vie for 50th anniversary prize

    51 winners of Man Booker vie for 50th anniversary prize

    All 51 winners of the Man Booker will be pitted against each other for a special award to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize. The Golden Man Booker will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades. It will span from the...

  • Maltese musicians interviewed

    Laurence Mizzi: Mużiċisti mill-qrib: ġabra ta’ intervistiHorizons, 2017. ISBN978-99957-63-89-3 This volume contains a collection of interviews Laurence Mizzi conducted with Maltese musicians – composers and performers – and published  in the...

  • Learning about Augustinian spirituality

    Learning about Augustinian spirituality

    Peter Paul CachiaOSA: Spirituality, Devotions & Traditions of the Augustinian Friars in Gozo. Augustinian Province Malta The name of Augustinian monk Fr Peter Paul Cachia of Victoria is gradually becoming synonymous with the history of the...

  • Debut novel centres around Valletta

    Debut novel centres around Valletta

    After four years of research and writing, John Naudi is today launching City of Shadows, a mystery thriller set in late 19th-century Valletta. The author, 31, says his love for the capital has helped him evoke life in what was then a teeming city...

  • Letters from Burns' boss reveal poet's 'foibles'

    Letters from Burns' boss reveal poet's 'foibles'

    Robert Burns' boss said the Bard possessed genius as well as "foibles of various kinds", a recently identified letter has revealed. Letters from John Mitchell, who was the head of the Excise Collection at Dumfries when the poet worked there, have...

  • The beauty of Valletta from above... and below

    The beauty of Valletta from above... and below

    It was just over 450 years ago that the first stone was laid on the rocky, barren peninsula that is now Valletta. Its majestic fortifications and baroque churches, elegant architecture and the Grand Harbour have made the city among the most...

  • Valletta – My City, My Story

    Valletta – My City, My Story

    Heritage Malta launched the book Valletta – My City, My Story on the occasion of Valletta 2018 as the European Capital of Culture. The book narrates the early years of Valletta and its inhabitants, brought back to life as the reader wanders...

  • Preserving our story for future generations

    Nicholas C. Vella (Ed.) Malta Archaeological Review Issue 11 (2012-2013). The Journal of the Archaeological Society Malta. Midsea Books, Malta 2017. The 11th issue of the Malta Archaeological Review, a peer-reviewed journal, comprises a wide...

  • The lady is not for turning

    The lady is not for turning

    Joseph A. Debono, Caroline Muscat (Eds) INVICTA: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Pertinent Press, 2017. One day in the late 1980s, the late Anne Mamo (née Kemp), with whom I had worked as a young sub-editor at The Sunday Times of...

  • A summer romance

    Alfred Massa:Vaganzi Sajfin: a novel in MalteseHorizons Publications, 2017; 223 pp. Nothing goes down better in the hot summer days than a good novel and a cold drink. The average Maltese reader, however, is particularly fond of romantic stories...

  • Lifting the veil (partly)

    Yosanne Vella:Women in 18th Century MaltaSKS Publishers, Malta, 2017. Up to a couple of generations ago, more than half of the population of the world hardly featured in history. Making a few exceptions for the excitingly sinful, like Messalina...

  • Mediterranean flavours

    Mediterranean flavours

    Mediterranean Identities: Environment, society, culture, edited by Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš, Croatia: InTech, 2017, xi + 414pp, hardback, ISBN 978-953-51-3585-2. Anyone who ran a search for the word ‘Mediterranean’ on Amazon would be pardoned for...

  • New book reveals Malta’s wild side

    New book reveals Malta’s wild side

    A new book, launched today, reveals the secrets of the natural world on the Maltese islands. Malta’s Top 10 is a guide to the wildlife that visitors and residents are most likely to encounter. It also lets readers in on the whereabouts of shy or...