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  • A truly spirited banquet

    Joseph W. Psaila: Pranzu Statali - Meta Valletta Eighteen Qajmet Il-MejtinBCD Printing Ltd, Victoria Joseph W. Psaila is no newcomer to the literary scene; this is in fact his sixth publication in verse, and those who have enjoyed his...

  • Christian warriors, mortal sinners

    Thomas Freller:The Sword and the Boudoir Midsea Books, Malta, 2018, pp. 384. In the space of a few weeks, two substantial books on the love-life of the knights of Malta have seen the light. The subject is so vast, the surviving documentation so...

  • What happens in Brussels, stays in Brussels

    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge” (Isaac Asimov). French philosopher...

  • Victor Fenech: Poet adventurer

    Victor Fenech has been one of our leading authors since Malta’s Independence, and a very active member of Moviment Qawmien Letterarju, an association of young authors who in the late 1960s and in the ’70s did much to make a young Maltese...

  • One foot in prose, the other in poetry

    Fr Gioele Galea’s Tħabbat Xtaqtek is a piece of mystical literature, and a truly unique work in the history of Maltese literature. Written in the form of a diary, it is structured as a meditative act, situating itself something in between a prayer...

  • Meet the author

    Meet author Mariella Pisani Bencini at an evening organised by L-Għaqda Filantropika Talent Mosti at Ir-Razzett tal-Markiż, Triq Wied il-Għasel, Mosta tomorrow at 7pm. Pisani Bencini will be talking about her new publication We Belong, a tale of...

  • The hare, the tortoise and the Easter egg hunt

    “Breaking news! Breaking news! The tortoise beats the hare in a hair-raising race! Incredible but true! The tortoise takes the trophy!” Paskal, the Easter Bunny, wakes up to this shocking news. It’s even more shocking because the defeated hare...

  • Fra Mudest, the jolly friar

    Fra Mudest – a jolly friar who always ends up in a pickle – is a household name in children’s literature and many a generation has grown up laughing out loud at the antics of the friar. Penned by Charles Casha, they were first published as...

  • Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Maurice Caruana Curran: Guardian of Heritage and JusticeEdited by Ann Gingell Littlejohn, Anthony Bonanno and Joseph Galea Debono(Malta: BDL, 2018), pp. 352 Judge Maurice Caruana Curran (1918-2015) lived until his late 90s, enjoying a long and...

  • Kicked into the long grass

    It took 25 years for Frans Ciappara to revisit Giovanni Nicole Muscat’s riveting story of 300 years ago. This is most welcome. Ciappara’s first essay in 1993 had drawn out of the long grass the fascinating figure of Muscat (1735-1803). It was a...

  • Bargain bookfair

    The Salesians of Don Bosco are organising a bargain bookfair of thousands of rare, new, old and second-hand books, with an exclusive selection of Melitensia at St Patrick’s Salesian School, St John Bosco Street, Sliema between tomorrow and...

  • UK poet Rod Mengham at Campus Book Festival

    Rod Mengham: Grimspound (Carcanet, 2018; p. 57) British poet, literary critic and translator Rod Mengham will be this year’s international guest at the Campus Book Festival, organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Għaqda...

  • No stone left unturned

    Horatio C. R. Vella: Żebbuġ of Gozo. Its People, Inscriptions and HistoryŻebbuġ Local Council, Gozo 2018; 624 p. Żebbuġ of Gozo is a monumental work by Prof. Horatio Vella that covers the history of the village of Żebbuġ in the northwest of Gozo...

  • Origin of surnames

    Arnold Cassola:I Maltesi di Vittoria e Scoglitti (1628-1846), Malta-Siracusa, Morrone Editore, 2018126 pages One of the newer research interests of Arnold Cassola is the field of demography, which includes onomastics. In recent years he has been...

  • Electoral system under the lens

    Electoral system under the lens

    Austin Bencini:Malta’s Hybrid Electoral System. A Constitutional Review Kite Group This work by constitutional scholar Austin Bencini is a must-have for all those who are experts in the field but also for the ordinary reader who has an interest in...

  • All about books: literary events at the Campus Book Fest 2019

    All about books: literary events at the Campus Book Fest 2019

    The Campus Book Festival, organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Għaqda tal-Malti – Università, is now in its sixth edition, and from its inception it has aimed at providing a space for Maltese publishers and authors to...

  • Leading book on Maltese Trust Laws

    Patrick J. Galea:The Trust Laws of Jersey and Malta: A civilian interpretationJersey and Guernsey Law Review Ltd, 2018, ix + 322. Patrick Galea, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, has published a very learned,...

  • Breaking down another barrier

    Lawrence Schimel: Meta Mmur Għand Sieħbi Carlos This is a story narrated by a little boy who has a best friend called Carlos and a brother called Will. He loves going over to Carlos’ house because he can play with toy soldiers and leave them lying...

  • The novels of Ġużè Cardona

    On March 7, 2019, SKS Publications will be launching a set of two novels by Ġużè Cardona (1922-1988). One of them is Manwel Ġellel (Emanuel Gellel) which was first published in 1961 and the other is a posthumous novel called Żmien il-Qerda (The...

  • Dystopia in an imagined future Malta

    Dystopia in an imagined future Malta

    Loranne Vella: RokitMerlin Publishers What we call the beginning is often the endAnd to make an end is to make a beginning.The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding Rokit is not just a contemporary Maltese time-travel-themed...