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  • Folkore of an island

    Folkore of an island

    L-Imnara, Vol. No. 1 (Issue No. 40), BDL Publishing, 2017. Up to a few issues, L-Imnara, the organ of the Għaqda Maltija tal-Folkore, used to be published in a primitive cyclostyled format that belied the importance of the valuable and original...

  • The slush pile

    “Hi, jien nixtiq nibbulika ktib, ri nrid nml??!” Do you feel the need to add a [sic] or 10 to the above? Go on, knock yourself out. That, sadly, is fairly typical of what passes for a covering note (ah, how it sullies the term itself, for those...

  • Josef Gambin’s quest

    S. DebonoIt-Tfittxija Għall-Ġenwin Ta’ Josef Gambin Horizons, 2016, 210 pages The written word often reveals humanity’s age-old curious preoccupation with its place in the world. The fear that life may, after all, be meaningless drives people to...

  • Truth transformed by fiction

    Truth transformed by fiction

    Awguri Giovanni Bonello! Edited by Theresa VellaMerlin, 2016  183pp. This handsomely printed and illustrated hardback in an elegant slipcase with the book’s title cut beautifully into the case’s cover and with elegant illustrations by Marisa...

  • A dedicated follower of culture

    A dedicated follower of culture

    Joe Sultana:A Man Of Cultural Achievements. Essays In Honour Of Joseph Attard TaboneBDL, Malta 2016 271 pp Indeed it is difficult to compartmentalize Joseph Attard Tabone whose 80th birthday last November was celebrated by an excellent festschrift...

  • Philip Pullman to publish 'equel' trilogy to His Dark Materials

    Philip Pullman to publish 'equel' trilogy to His Dark Materials

    Acclaimed author Philip Pullman will publish the long-awaited follow-up to the His Dark Materials trilogy on October 17, years after the last installment. A new trilogy of books, which he describes as an "equel" rather than a prequel or sequel,...

  • A detailed sketch

    Michael Said:Il-Perit Pietru Attard (1835-1916).La Stella Band, 2016 Il-Perit Pietru Attard is a short but original monograph consisting in a biographical sketch of the founding father of the La Stella Vincitrice Band of Victoria, Gozo, whose life...

  • A passion for Maltese law and history

    Albert Ganado: Judge Robert Ganado. A history of the Government Departments from 1815 and lawyers from 1666. BDL, 2015. Printed in a very limited edition of 300 copies, Judge Robert Ganado is first and foremost a tribute by his son Albert Ganado,...

  • 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...