5 Maltese books to explore this spring

Time for a spot of reading in the sun with our pick of five Maltese books.

Spring is the perfect time to sit outside on your balcony or on a blanket on the beach with a good book. We talk about many American and European classics, but what about Maltese literature? Here are a few recommendations that show off our nation’s talent.

Ċoff Roza u Kitbiet Oħra by Lina Brockdorff

Lina Brockdorff takes us through a collection of short stories that touch upon various topics. You’ll find popular stories that have won awards at events like Għaqda Letterarja Maltija. The perfect book to read while sipping on a cup of coffee.

Bint L-Emigrant by Charles Buttigieg

Embark on a survival journey as you accompany Olivia, the protagonist, through a realm of secrets, tragedy, and discoveries. Unravel the plot with the help of the characters in roles such as police officers, lawyers, priests, a millionaire and his wife, bank personnel, and many others. 

Il-Monument tal-Ħelsien by Lino Bianco

The protagonist of the story is the Freedom monument in Vittoriosa, designed by the artist Anton Aguis, which makes this book perfect for those looking for a more historical read. Enjoy the detail Lino Bianco includes as he describes the monument’s style and the relationship between the artist himself and Dom Mintoff.

Fil-Ħajja li Jmiss by Lon Kirkop

This book contains five short dramas written for theatre. The characters lead the stories as they take you on a voyage of emotions from happiness to love, despair, sadness, and hope. Lon Kirkop is known for his participation in The Cospicua Short Play Festival. 

Anġli u Xjaten by Ben Aguis

If you’re after a novel, Anġli u Xjaten is the way to go. Join Inspector Sandra Borg as she races against time to investigate a series of murders before becoming a victim herself. How does she know? Well, the killer confesses his crimes to a priest before he commits them.

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