Idiots abroad: What Happens in Brussels stays in Brussels

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This review was first published on The Sunday Times of Malta. First sentences. So important in any book. They can turn you off completely, make your eyes skim uninterestedly over the words and your hands chuck it back to its shelf. Or they can reel you in, like William Gibson’s legendary “The sky over the […]


Fifty Shades of boring


E.L. JAMES: Fifty Shades Freed, Vintage Books, 2012. 456 pp. €7.73 It’s the trilogy that is enjoying as much hype as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, although of course the genres couldn’t be more different from each other. The first Fifty Shades instalment was released less than a year ago, while the final volume – […]


Book review: Ġimgħa, Sibt u Ħadd

The fact that this Young Adult novel comes without sparkly vampires made it an immediate winner in my book (sorry). But after spending an evening in the company of the characters that Ivan Bugeja created in Ġimgħa, Sibt u Ħadd , the verdict was simple to reach: this is a story that anyone who spent […]