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  • Noletti, Picasso, and other treasures

    Noletti, Picasso, and other treasures

    Various: Treasures of Malta, Christmas 2016, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 The 67th number of Treasures of Malta, the flagship publication of Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, carries on its cover a fascinating detail of a wonderful painting by Valletta-born...

  • The Order’s naval fleet

    The Order’s naval fleet

    Joseph F. Grima:The Fleet of the Knights of Malta. BDL, 2016. Giovanni Bonello The fortunes of the Order of St John ebbed and flowed dramatically over the thousand years of its existence, particularly during its Maltese period, when it was...

  • Maltese legislation under British rule

    Raymond Mangion:Constitutions and Legislation in Malta: 1914-1964, Volume 1: 1914-1933 (xli + 299) and Volume 2: 1933-1964 (xli + 296), Russell Square Publishing Limited, 2016. Raymond Mangion, head of the Department of Legal History and...

  • Charles writes Ladybird book on climate change

    Charles writes Ladybird book on climate change

    The Prince of Wales has penned a Ladybird book on climate change, a co-author has recently revealed. Charles, a vocal critic of man-made climate change, has taken on the challenges and possible solutions in the book aimed at adults, according to...

  • Laughing at ourselves

    Laughing at ourselves

    Proving that there’s always something to laugh at, London-based Maltese writer and stand-up comic Steve Hili talks Jo Caruana through the hilarious premise behind his recently released book, State of the Nation. Malta has a way of getting under...

  • So, where is his brother?

    So, where is his brother?

    In light of the release of his first book, Jo Caruana sits down with well-known writer Victor Calleja to discuss his leap from columns to hilarious hardbacks. Interviewing a friend is always a bit of a challenge, and I consider Victor Calleja to...

  • The other side of the lens

    The other side of the lens

    Darrin Zammit Lupi (Ed):Times Picture Annual. Allied Publications, 2016. The Times Picture Annual 2016 surveys the quest to chronicle events that took place mostly in Malta during a given period of time. The photographers featured in this...

  • Lupu Lupettu – one of children’s best-loved book characters

    Lupu Lupettu – one of children’s  best-loved book characters

    The wolf in fairy tales is always the baddie. The terrible carnivore who gobbles up the baby pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, the billy goats. The wolf stops at nothing to catch his prey and they make sure their presence is felt by howling, huffing,...

  • Fittixni plot ‘hooks the reader from the very first pages’

    When Fittixni, the manuscript of Antoinette Borg, landed on the publisher’s desk at Merlin Publishers, the whole office dropped whatever it was that they were doing and queued to read it. Not only read it, but revel in it. Borg, a debut author,...

  • Malta’s sacred spaces

    Malta’s sacred spaces

    Richard England:Sanctuaries of the Soul. Kite Publications, 2016. A publication commemorating a specific corpus of architecture by Richard England has just been released. Sanctuaries of the Soul sees this award-winning architect showcasing over 50...

  • The merry band of lads

    A merry band of lads meet regularly at The Grasshopper. The bar is their “temple, church, parliament, brothel, heaven and hell”. It is where they banter about their jobs, their families, their love lives. Most importantly it is where their future...

  • First Maltese Western in literature

    First Maltese Western in literature

    Since the mid-20th century only a handful of Maltese writers have systematically explored a diverse range of themes, genres and stylistic expressions. Besides his political commitments (as Labour Party leader, Prime Minister and Member of the...

  • Three-volume publication on maritime law

    Three-volume publication on maritime law

    The IMO International Maritime Law Institute, IMLI, has completed an ambitious three-volume publication that adopts, for the first time, an all-encompassing app-roach to the subject of international maritime law. The publication celebrates IMLI’s...

  • A novel of courage and survival

    Bestselling Australian author Deborah Abela grew up listening to the story of how her father was born in a Valletta shelter during one of the heaviest bombing attacks on Malta in the Second World War. After the war, her seven-year-old father and...

  • Three 10-year-old students set for a challenge

    Picture three 10-year-old students: Odette who is forever eavesdropping conversations and repeating gossip; Massimo who parrots away anything that he is told and embellishes them with colour; and mischievous Owen who day-dreams of becoming a top...

  • Relations between Malta and Sicily

    Arnold Cassola: Malta-Sicily people, patriots, commerce (1770-1860); Siracusa: Morrone, 2016. The latest in Arnold Cassola’s series of books dealing with the relations between Malta and Sicily has a chapter on Malta’s connection via the telegraph...

  • A collection of reflections

    Every Sunday the Church invites us to listen to the Word of God. Often, instead of being inspired we find it difficult to understand. It leaves us cold if not outright confused. Musbieħ għal Riġlejja by Fr Paul Chetcuti is a collection of...

  • The Slush Pile

    The Slush Pile

    Lights, applause, tearful speeches, air kisses and smiles. You know what they say: “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” So when you have all of the above, it’s usually a safe bet that it’s an awards ceremony.

  • Museum to display Harry Potter first edition

    A rare first-edition Harry Potter book containing personal anecdotes and illustrations by J.K. Rowling is to go on display at a museum. The original hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be available to view at Edinburgh’s...

  • Nothing to write to Istanbul about

    Nothing to write to Istanbul about

    StorjaMalta University History Society, 2015142pp Storja is the journal of the Malta University History Society. It has been around since 1977 but its life has included several periods of hibernation. The latest issue, which follows a seven-year...

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