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  • Campus book festival in March

    Campus book festival in March

    The National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Università’s sixth edition of the Campus Book Festival will be held on March 27, 28 and 29, kicking off daily at 9am with back-to-back activities planned until 4 pm. On Friday the activities will...

  • Perspective, humour and passion

    Perspective, humour and passion

    Marie Briguglio & Steve Bonello:No man’s land: People, place and pollution Malta, Kite Group A few days ago I received a book from a dear Maltese colleague as a gift: No Man’s Land – signed by its creators Marie Briguglio and Steve Bonello. I read...

  • Journey of childhood trauma

    Antoine Cassar: Erbgħin Jum, EDE Publishers Antoine Cassar is not the kind of writer given to autobiographical works. He has written mainly about language, maps and borders, and not about what happened to him. That separation, however, has...

  • To the rhythm of the waves

    Charles Bezzina: Mar-Ritmi tal-Baħar: a collection of poemsSelf-published, 2018 A poet is unquestionably a dreamer, and poetry is essentially human and elemental. Despite the prevailing atmosphere of a chaotic world that seems to no longer know...

  • Renunciation and riches

    Renunciation and riches

    Peter Serracino Inglott (edited by Petra Caruana Dingli): Adeodata Pisani: A Mystic Nun in Mdina. St Peter’s Monastery, Mdina, 2018. On May 9, 2001, during his second visit to Malta, Pope John Paul II beatified Adeodata Pisani. It had been a long...

  • Ye blessed land of stairs

    Ye blessed land of stairs

    Charles Paul Azzopardi & Conrad Thake: Staircases of MaltaKite Publications, 2018 Byron’s description of the bane of Valletta is probably a refrain tourist guides recite several times a day. It is not, however, something I would have understood...

  • A study of early Hospitaller Malta

    A study of early Hospitaller Malta

    Joan Abela:Hospitaller Malta and the Mediterranean Economy in the Sixteenth Century The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2018. The study of early Hospitaller Malta has advanced rapidly in recent years, benefiting from increasing access to archival...

  • Book presentation

    Book presentation

    San Anton Palace 360o was recently published in aid of the Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta, which was founded by the President’s Trust, the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, Italia e Mediterraneo and the University of Malta. Seen here are (from...

  • The lady of the press

    Mabel Strickland, Bejn Storja u MitiSergio Grech (ed.), Horizons, Malta, 2018 In many ways Mabel Strickland was a tragic figure. Her political forays, inspired by the imperialist policies of the father she adored, and to whom she was a son manqué,...

  • Intriguing portrait of an abandoned region

    Edward Mallia: The South Country: Journeys in Calabria If you are looking for a tourist guide to Calabria, this is not it. This is a 300-page, large-format publication that essentially depicts one man’s love affair with this southern Italian...

  • Bonello: a creative irritant?

    Giovanni Bonello: Misunderstanding the Constitution –How the Maltese Judiciary undermines human rightsBDL, 2018 I stand to be corrected, but I believe this is the first book written by Giovanni Bonello on a legal matter. He has written several...

  • A maverick lawyer in a politico-religious entanglement

    Frans Ciappara: Church-State Relations in late-eighteenth-century Malta: Gio. Nicolò Muscat (1735-1803) Malta University Press, 2018 The threatening strategies of Rome, Naples, Sicily, the Order, the Curia and the Inquisition in 18th-century Malta...

  • Celebrating a guardian of heritage and justice

    Celebrating a guardian of heritage and justice

    Din l-Art Ħelwa officials recently presented a copy of the book Maurice Caruana Curran – Guardian of Heritage and Justice to President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who is also the patron of the heritage organisation founded by Judge Caruana Curran...

  • Compilation of Archbishop's homilies published

    Compilation of Archbishop's homilies published

    Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna’s homilies and messages have been compiled into a book Kelma ta’ Ħabib (third edition) published by the Curia. The 750-page book includes 170 speeches and 50 colour photos taken during celebrations in parishes and...

  • Chasing Mnemosyne

    Richard England:Chambers of MemoryKite 2018 It was Samuel Goldwyn who said that nobody should even think of writing his autobiography until after he is dead. Autobiographies tend to be good reads but they mostly end as self-serving exercises that...

  • A first-class documentary record

    A first-class documentary record

    Albert Ganado: Malta in World War II. Wartime Drawings by Alfred Gerada (1895-1968) Midsea Books, 2018. Alfred Gerada (1895-1968) is best known as the cartoonist associated for many, many years with Progress Press which he joined as press artist...

  • When Christmas never came

    What would winter be like without Christmas? Martina and Karl, who like all other children look forward to Christmas all year round, discover exactly that in Meta l-Milied Ma Ġiex, the year when Christmas never came. How did that happen? Well,...

  • One good turn…

    “In Malta there’s no poverty.” We love to repeat this statement over and over, maybe because it assuages our conscience or maybe because it makes us feel like we’re living in a bed of roses. We replay this statement so much that now we believe it...

  • A history of Malta writ in tokens

    A history of Malta writ in tokens

    Save one former publication, issued in 1999 by Bob Lyall, in which Tony Stivala assisted the author by placing his own collection for study, no other publication has ever been published on the subject of Maltese tokens. However, one can find...

  • Encyclopaedia of local nobility

    Works on the hereditary or merit-based aristocracy of Malta are not lacking, however, Giovanni Bonello says Charles A. Gauci’s book The Peerage and Knightage in Malta is “different”. “It has more density and more intensity. The author is...