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  • The burden of sexual identity

    The burden of sexual identity

    This year’s Malta Book Festival includes the participation of award-winning writer Michael Amherst, best known for Go the Way Your Blood Beats. He talks to John Grech about what he terms the ‘fluidity of desire’, and about how society places a...

  • George Borg Olivier’s relations with Communists following Independence

    Newly unearthed Cabinet documents show that following Malta’s Independence in 1964, Prime Minister George Borg Olivier was resolute in establishing official relations with the then USSR. Flouting the near-obsessive admonitions of Archbishop...

  • Prize shortlist announced

    Prize shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the National Book Prize 2018 (NBP) for books published in 2017 has been announced by the National Book Council. The selection process started on May 11 with a total of 172 entries, out of which 40 have been shortlisted – 25 for...

  • Refugees across the channel

    Frank Bezzina, Charles Bezzina: Ir-Refuġjati Maltin f’Għawdex fi Żmien il-GwerraMalta, 2017 When safely protected by the thick glass screens of our televisions, we daily witness the regular migration of thousands of miserable refugees who had to...

  • The young detective strikes again

    When young lawyer Kevin Piscopo is found dead in Gozo on New Year’s Eve, the police believe it was just an unfortunate accident. However, his sister Joanne is not convinced. She had been close to her brother, and somewhere deep down she has this...

  • Illustrating the lives of animals

    Is it true that cows like eating spaghetti with tomato sauce? Is it true that horses sleep on hammocks after a long, hard day? Can a rooster sing opera? Do giraffes eat clouds? And do zebras love their cup of tea? These and other teasing...

  • Gozo’s flora and fauna

    Joe Sultana: Il-Wirt Naturali ta’ Għawdex. A BirdLife MaltaEkoGħawdex publication, 2018. As I grew up in Sir Paul Boffa Street in Victoria (Gozo), I noticed that one of our neighbours – a middle-aged man of average height wearing a beard – used to...

  • Lyrics lucid and flowing

    Ġorġ Borg: Fittixni fl-ilma ġieri: poeżijiHorizons, 2018. Following his 2013 volume Ċrieki fl-għadira, much praised by Oliver Friggieri in his critical note published in that volume, Ġorġ Borg has now produced this volume that is bound to please...

  • A little light

    A little light

    L-ImnaraVarious: L-Imnara, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2018), BDL Publications for the Għaqda Maltija tal-Folklor. For anyone who still remembers the first cyclostyled copies of L-Imnara, the organ of the Għaqda Maltija tal-Folklor, painstakingly produced by...

  • Dinosaurs in Maltese

    How many dinosaur names can you list at the top of your head? If your answer is “Err, um, T-rex… and, um, err” then we know that you are over the age of 30. Ask the same question to a child and he or she will be able to rattle off the scientific...

  • The struggle between good and evil

    Alfred Massa: L-Istar Tal-ImgħoddiHorizons, 2018. Alfred Massa’s name is now very familiar with all of those who love the traditional Maltese novel. Massa himself has dedicated many years of his life contributing to this genre of literature, as an...

  • Tribute to Josef Kalleja

    Titled Peripheral Alternatives to Rodin in Modern European Sculpture, a publication that focuses on Josef Kalleja’s works, edited by Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci and Nikki Petroni, has just been launched by Horizons.  Kalleya is considered to be one...

  • Of detectives and maternal love

    Clare Azzopardi: Castillo Merlin Publishers, 2018 Clare Azzopardi has already established herself as an author of fiction with her short stories  (her Kulħadd ħalla isem warajh volume of stories was particularly outstanding and has also been...

  • Capturing change

    Capturing change

    Aditus, the NGO that acts as the watchdog for human rights in Malta, recently launched Our Island: Personal Accounts on Protecting Refugees – a book that offers various eyewitness accounts of encounters with migrants. Neil Falzon tells Ramona...

  • Adventures in South America

    Adventures in South America

    Have you ever dreamed of taking a gap year out of real life in order to satisfy your wanderlust? Most of us will reply yes, of course, but few of us actually have the determination – or the guts – to follow through. Ryan Abela is one of the few...

  • The odd, the weird and the uncanny

    The odd, the weird and the uncanny

    Fiona Vella And Oliver Gatt:Bizarre Malta BDL Publications, Malta 2018, €15. Just when you think you know every nook and cranny of the 200-odd square miles that make up the Maltese islands and the stories they gave rise to, Fiona Vella and Oliver...

  • Engaging wartime stories

    Anthony Rogers: Air Battle of Malta – Aircraft Losses and Crash Sites 1940-42. 2017, Green Hill Books. “Those airmen died nobly for their country … even though they be our enemies, whatever their crimes, that fact we should acknowledge.” This...

  • Strong leader, controversial pastor   

    Strong leader, controversial     pastor   

    Louis Cilia: Il-Ħajja Mqanqla ta’ Mikiel Gonzi u Żminijietu (1885-1984)2017, Klabb Kotba Maltin. The life of the redoubtable Archbishop Michael Gonzi spanned nearly a century during which his beloved Malta and Gozo experienced harrowing and...

  • Not a superficial coffee table book

    Albert Ganado & Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez: An Encyclpedia Of Artists With A Malta Connection. 2018, Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti The idea of reviewing an encyclopedia seems both dull and daunting, yet neither of these adjectives proved...

  • Merlin Publishers launch new site with special offer for readers

    Merlin Publishers launch new site with special offer for readers

    Merlin Publishers has unveiled the new merlinpublishers.com site with a celebration offer of 15 per cent off all its books for Sunday Times of Malta readers. The Merlin Publishers site presents all book lovers with a more compact view of new...