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  • The sun in his vision

    The sun in his vision

    Kenneth Wain: Who Looks at the Sun Anymore?Horizons, 2017. Who Looks at the Sun Anymore? is Kenneth Wain’s collective in the field of poetry. His dedication: “To my parents… who conceived me a poet”, may sound to some readers a little presumptive,...

  • The Hanging Wonders Of St John’s

    The Hanging Wonders Of St John’s

    Cynthia De Giorgio: Woven Splendour. The Tapestries at the Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta Midsea Books,  2017. For the next couple of years at least, we will not be able to admire the magnificent set of tapestries that Grand Master...

  • Book festival in Gozo

    Book festival in Gozo

    The National Book Council has prepared a treat for all book lovers this summer: the Summer Book Festival – Gozo, a two-day event packed with cultural activi­ties based around the themes of youth literature and poetry, besides being a fully-fledged...

  • Book documents all of Malta’s bird species

    Book documents all of Malta’s bird species

    A new book called Birds of the Maltese Islands documents all the 463 species of birds recorded in Malta. Written by ornithologist Natalino Fenech, the book cites all existing ornithological literature and lists 32 new species that have been...

  • ‘Who killed me?’

    Gonsalvo Borg Buttigieg has just died. His soul is standing on the 77,777th step of the staircase to heaven. Waiting. Waiting and arguing with a chap who is calling himself ‘The Guardian of the Heavenly Gates’. Things are not cherubic. “I’m sorry,...

  • T'he Pilates of the Mediterranean' – analysis of Maltese society

    T'he Pilates of the Mediterranean' – analysis of Maltese society

    Columnist and academic Fr Joe Borg has published a collection of 73 short essays analysing Maltese society. 'The Pilates of the Mediterranean. Reflections on God, politics, the media and society' is an analysis of contemporary society. The book is...

  • Walid Nabhan wins EU prize for literature

    Walid Nabhan wins EU prize for literature

    Small is beautiful, but tougher going than for the big guns. As a small country with great national aspirations, Malta constantly strug­gles and craves for success and recognition, as can be seen by the yearly debate on our Eurovision showing and...

  • Be what you might have been

    Be what you might have been

    “As you read this, you might be missing a party that some friends are throwing or the meal that other friends are eating without you.” Jacob Burak, a Tel Aviv-based writer who draws from psychology, science and art to examine human nature, wrote...

  • Heinous crime and horrendous punishment

    Heinous crime and horrendous punishment

    William Zammit: Kissing the Gallows BDL Malta 2016. As William Zammit admits right at the outset, this book is not for the squeamish. It is, however, hard to put down, which may be quite an odd description to use for a book based on 10 years of...

  • Comprehensive and convincing

    Comprehensive and convincing

    Stefani Filletti: Towards a European Criminal Law System Kite Group, 2017. Lawyer Stefano Filletti has written a timely book on significant deve­lopments in EU criminal law and their impact on Maltese criminal law. The topic cannot be more...

  • Snapshots of reality

    Snapshots of reality

    Nismagħhom JgħiduJoe FriggieriKite Group, Malta, 2016, 262 pp. In addition to a notable academic career as professor of philosophy, Joe Friggieri has been most prolific as an author. He has written the first popular history of philosophy in...

  • School life in the 1950s

    What was life like for children living in Malta in the 1950s? For starters, they had no pens. Children had to write with a quill dabbed in an ink pot. There were no computers, no tablets, no white boards. In the classrooms there were no tables and...

  • Book festival on campus

    Book festival on campus

    This year’s Book Festival on Campus takes place at the University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, on April 4 and 5. Organised by the National Book Council, the purpose of the festival is to promote literature across the board while, at the same time, giving...

  • Intriguing aspects of Maltese legal history

    Mark A. Sammut: The Law In All Its Majesty.Essays in Maltese Legal History and Comparative Law, Volume 1Lettou & de Machlinia Press I recently came across this book which, however, had been published in January 2016. And, therefore, this is ‘a...

  • On the poverty of paternalism

    On the poverty of paternalism

    A new book, Min Jgħidu n-Nies li Jien – il-Faqar tal-Paternaliżmu (Who do people say I am – the poverty of paternalism), written by Mark Montebello, explores paternalism from all sides. It discusses paternalism on an interpersonal level as much as...

  • Psychology and the Arts

    Malta University Publishing has just published Psychology and the Arts: Perceptions and Perspectives, edited by Carmel Cefai and Louis Lagana. The book features contributions by more than 20 authors from Europe and the US in areas ranging from...

  • 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...

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