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  • The hare, the tortoise and the Easter egg hunt

    “Breaking news! Breaking news! The tortoise beats the hare in a hair-raising race! Incredible but true! The tortoise takes the trophy!” Paskal, the Easter Bunny, wakes up to this shocking news. It’s even more shocking because the defeated hare...

  • Fra Mudest, the jolly friar

    Fra Mudest – a jolly friar who always ends up in a pickle – is a household name in children’s literature and many a generation has grown up laughing out loud at the antics of the friar. Penned by Charles Casha, they were first published as...

  • Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Maurice Caruana Curran: Guardian of Heritage and JusticeEdited by Ann Gingell Littlejohn, Anthony Bonanno and Joseph Galea Debono(Malta: BDL, 2018), pp. 352 Judge Maurice Caruana Curran (1918-2015) lived until his late 90s, enjoying a long and...

  • Kicked into the long grass

    It took 25 years for Frans Ciappara to revisit Giovanni Nicole Muscat’s riveting story of 300 years ago. This is most welcome. Ciappara’s first essay in 1993 had drawn out of the long grass the fascinating figure of Muscat (1735-1803). It was a...

  • Bargain bookfair

    The Salesians of Don Bosco are organising a bargain bookfair of thousands of rare, new, old and second-hand books, with an exclusive selection of Melitensia at St Patrick’s Salesian School, St John Bosco Street, Sliema between tomorrow and...

  • UK poet Rod Mengham at Campus Book Festival

    Rod Mengham: Grimspound (Carcanet, 2018; p. 57) British poet, literary critic and translator Rod Mengham will be this year’s international guest at the Campus Book Festival, organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Għaqda...

  • No stone left unturned

    Horatio C. R. Vella: Żebbuġ of Gozo. Its People, Inscriptions and HistoryŻebbuġ Local Council, Gozo 2018; 624 p. Żebbuġ of Gozo is a monumental work by Prof. Horatio Vella that covers the history of the village of Żebbuġ in the northwest of Gozo...

  • Origin of surnames

    Arnold Cassola:I Maltesi di Vittoria e Scoglitti (1628-1846), Malta-Siracusa, Morrone Editore, 2018126 pages One of the newer research interests of Arnold Cassola is the field of demography, which includes onomastics. In recent years he has been...

  • Electoral system under the lens

    Electoral system under the lens

    Austin Bencini:Malta’s Hybrid Electoral System. A Constitutional Review Kite Group This work by constitutional scholar Austin Bencini is a must-have for all those who are experts in the field but also for the ordinary reader who has an interest in...

  • All about books: literary events at the Campus Book Fest 2019

    All about books: literary events at the Campus Book Fest 2019

    The Campus Book Festival, organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Għaqda tal-Malti – Università, is now in its sixth edition, and from its inception it has aimed at providing a space for Maltese publishers and authors to...

  • Leading book on Maltese Trust Laws

    Patrick J. Galea:The Trust Laws of Jersey and Malta: A civilian interpretationJersey and Guernsey Law Review Ltd, 2018, ix + 322. Patrick Galea, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, has published a very learned,...

  • Breaking down another barrier

    Lawrence Schimel: Meta Mmur Għand Sieħbi Carlos This is a story narrated by a little boy who has a best friend called Carlos and a brother called Will. He loves going over to Carlos’ house because he can play with toy soldiers and leave them lying...

  • The novels of Ġużè Cardona

    On March 7, 2019, SKS Publications will be launching a set of two novels by Ġużè Cardona (1922-1988). One of them is Manwel Ġellel (Emanuel Gellel) which was first published in 1961 and the other is a posthumous novel called Żmien il-Qerda (The...

  • Dystopia in an imagined future Malta

    Dystopia in an imagined future Malta

    Loranne Vella: RokitMerlin Publishers What we call the beginning is often the endAnd to make an end is to make a beginning.The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding Rokit is not just a contemporary Maltese time-travel-themed...

  • 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...