Books: X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo?


Part whodunnit, part political intrigue and part a touching exposé about autism, X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo? promises to keep readers guessing. Ramona Depares asks writer Mark Vella about what prompted this debut novel. An edited version of this interview was originally published on The Sunday Times of Malta. This month sees the release of […]


Plotting the readers’ return


The very definition of reading has nowadays been extended to include newspaper reports, blogs and websites. Web-site ranking service lists local and international news portals as being among in the top 50 most-visited websites by the Maltese. Yet, we have no way of knowing how much time is spent engaging in actual reading, beyond […]


Book review: Is-Sriep Reġgħu Saru Velenużi


Alex Vella Gera: Is-Sriep Reġgħu Saru Velenużi. Merlin Publishers. 2012. 526 pp. On an island like Malta, one particular X-factor is likely to turn any book into an immediate object of discussion, hype and desire. That X factor, particularly mere months after his passing, is former premier Dom Mintoff. Add an assassination conspiracy to the […]


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 […]


The writer who builds worlds


The last instalment in John A Bonello’s Il-Logħba tal-Allat trilogy was recently released to the delight of fantasy fans in Malta. Fantasy epics set across multiple worlds are not exactly common genres with Maltese writers. You could say that the only other  bona fide fantasy trilogy written in our native language was Simon Bartolo’s and […]