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  • A Russian traveller in 18th-century Malta

    Grigory Krayevsky:A short description of the island of Malta and the Order of St John Midsea Books, 2017 The signal victory over the Otto­mans of 1565 won the Order of St John kudos and renown all over Europe. Their island-fortress on the frontier...

  • Maltese-Australian award-winning novelist Lou Drofenik at the Malta Book Festival

    Novelist Lou Drofenik, who won the National Book Prize for best novel in 2017 with The Confectioner’s Daughter (published by Horizons), will be the special guest of the 2018 Malta Book Festival. Drofenik grew up in Malta and now lives in...

  • Launch of 50-year-old Alfred Sant novel

    Launch of 50-year-old Alfred Sant novel

    Alfred Sant’s classic novel, L-Ewwel Weraq tal-Bajtar (Prickly pears in bloom), first issued 50 years ago, will be launched at the National Library, Valletta, on Friday. The event will be attended by award-winning writer Walid Nabhan, who wrote...

  • Painting a wartime picture

    Painting a wartime picture

    Caroline Miggiani: The Official Coloursof War, Recording WWII in Malta.Kite Group, 2018 It has been claimed that ‘no single event in the history of mankind was more documented through art while it happened than World War II’. Throughout the course...

  • Arnold Cassola book to be launched 

    A book by Arnold Cassola called I Maltesi di Vittoria e Scoglitti (1628-1846), published by Morrone Editore, will be launched tonight at 6.30pm at the Faculty of Arts library, University of Malta Msida Campus. On November 18, 1610, Marietta...

  • The female angle at this year’s book festival

    This year’s Malta Book Festival will register a rise in female representation, with the festival’s line-up comprising more than 50 per cent of women authors. Representing Malta together with local guests of the likes of Victor Fenech (who won the...

  • New book on the people who built Ġgantija

    Għajnsielem author Revel Barker will be signing copies of his latest book at the Harbour Craft studio, 8th September Street, Xagħra tomorrow at 7pm. The book is entitled The First Gozitans (and Ġgantija) be­cause, according to the author, the...

  • Celebrating Valletta

    Celebrating Valletta

    Denis De Lucca, Giovanni Bonello and Petra Caruana Dingli (EDS.): Encounters with Valletta – A Baroque City Through the Ages, International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, Malta, €80. I wonder how many cities can actually...

  • Maria Adeodata Pisani book available soon

    A book about Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, written by the late Rev. Prof. Peter Serracino Inglott, was launched recently after a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Gibraltar, Mgr Carmelo Zammit. The book will be on sale as from Sunday,...

  • Author presents debut novel

    James Vella-Bardon, a Sydney-based author who was born and raised in Malta, will this weekend be signing copies of his debut novel The Sheriff’s Catch. The Sheriff’s Catch, which is published by Unbound UK, is a gritty, fast-paced thriller whose...

  • 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...