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National Book Prize and Terramaxka 2020 – the longlist

The National Book Council is publishing the list of eligible titles that have been submitted to the National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize 2020, for books published in 2019.

All books have been screened for eligibility by the adjudication board according to respective categories. In total there have been 182 submissions, 105 titles across the nine categories of the National Book Prize, and 77 titles across six categories of the Terramaxka Prize.

In the coming months, the members of the board will be reading the submissions in order to select the titles for the National Book Prize and Terramaxka shortlist. The shortlist will be published on the National Book Council’s website and will also appear in a number of local newspapers.

The winners of the Terramaxka Prize will be announced during an awards ceremony which will be taking place during the official opening of the Malta Book Festival on 10 November 2020. The winners of the National Book Prize will be announced later in December at an awards ceremony of which details will be communicated in due time.

 

National Book Prize 2020: books published in 2019

Novels in Maltese and English

 

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Echoes : Distant Voices: Distant LivesLou DrofenikHorizons
Difrejn il-FalkunRichard AttardHorizons
Il-Wiċċ l-IeħorĠorġ PeressoHorizons
Fis-Satra tal-VeluHelen BorgHorizons
Papa AħmedJoe PaceMerlin Publishers
Tigné Point BachelorsGerard James BorgMidsea Books Ltd.
O.B.E.Rita SalibaKlabb Kotba Maltin
Eroj: Mħabba u Qlubija fis-Sette GiugnoMichael CiniHorizons
IsabelleJennifer SpagnolFaraxa Publishing
OssessjoniAlfred PalmaWise Owl Publications
AntidaElio LombardiBDL Publishing
GabrielMark CallejaBDL Publishing
Id-Djarju l-IswedRonald BugejaBDL Publishing
Id-Dell tal-IsfortunatRonald CamilleriBDL Publishing
Il-Kaxxa tad-DaqqSharon CallejaBDL Publishing
TanoMonica GattBDL Publishing

 

Short stories in Maltese and English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Love is All-knowingAntonio ZammitAntonio Zammit
Qabel Tbaxxi d-DawlLina BrockdorffHorizons
WeġgħatPaul P. BorgHorizons
InnuendoAnthony Portelli, Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers
Bejn BejnejnWalid NabhanKlabb Kotba Maltin
L-Aqwa ŻmienImmanuel MifsudKlabb Kotba Maltin
Għall-Glorja tal-Patrija!: Kapriċċi PatrijottiċiAleks FarrugiaSKS Publishers
Mill-Bieb 'il ĠewwaLoranne VellaEde Books
L-Ittra ta' Osama u Stejjer OħraJohn P. PortelliHorizons
Ħal Maqtugħ u Kitbiet OħraJohn Spiteri GingellBDL Publishing
Dal-Baħar IswedMikiel Camilleri HaberBDL Publishing

 

Poetry in Maltese

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Mar-Ritmi tal-BaħarCharles BezzinaCharles Bezzina
Lejn l-Għamajjar Vol. 3Raymond C. GrechRaymond C. Grech
Is-Sinfonija tad-90Karmenu MalliaKarmenu Mallia
TluqJohn AquilinaEdizzjoni Skarta
Balluta BluesCharles FloresHorizons
Fuq Kaxxa tal-Birra Rasha 'l IsfelMario CardonaHorizons
Bejn Baħar u BaħarElizabeth GrechMerlin Publishers
Beltin: Stejjer minn Nies MinsijaRamona DeparesMerlin Publishers
Hlief Memorji u DellijietAndrew Debono CauchiKlabb Kotba Maltin
RaJesmond SharplesKlabb Kotba Maltin
Madwar Sagħtejn u Nofs 'il Bogħod mill-ĠennaImmanuel MifsudKlabb Kotba Maltin
PotpurìAmanda BusuttilAmanda Busuttil
Xehir fis-SkietOmar SegunaHorizons

 

Poetry in English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Second Glances at GozoLinda HenryFaraxa Publishing
Lethe: A Rhapsody of Life RememberedLouise VellaLouise Vella

 

Drama in Maltese and English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Għaliex Commedia? Għaliex Malta? Kollezzjoni t'Erba' Fares tal-Commedia dell'ArteNarcy Calamatta, Iggy Fenech (ed.)Narcy Calamatta
Żewġ Drammi: Appuntamenti/Repubblika ImmakulataSimone SpiteriSimone Spiteri
Naħal tal-ImħabbaPaul P. BorgKunsill Lokali Mellieħa
L-Ispettur Bonnici - It-TriloġijaMario Philip AzzopardiKlabb Kotba Maltin
Raise the CurtainBarbara Day (ed.); Joanne MicallefFaraxa Publishing

 

Literary non-Fiction

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Ngħix Ħajja SabiħaMichael GaleaMichael Galea
Kissirtni, Mulej!Elija VellaĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Morru Għallmu l-Ġnus KollhaAlfred CallejaĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Fittxu l-Ewwel is-SaltnaAndrew GaleaĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Murder on the Malta Express: Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia?Carlo Bonini, Manuel Delia, John SweeneyMidsea Books Ltd.
Ċajt ta' Klassi u Battuti OħraBertram PortelliKite Group
TessieGiola Cassar, Glen CallejaAngela 'Giola' Cassar
Għaliex Iċċedi Meta Alla Hu Miegħek? Aaron CamilleriKlabb Kotba Maltin

 

Translation

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Mix-Xaqliba ta' Dar Swann : Imħabba ta' SwannMarcel Proust, Paul Zahra (trans.)Paul Zahra
Christus VivitPapa Frangisku; Francesco Pio Attard (trans.)ĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Il-Ħajja Moħbija ta' Ġesù: Għażla ta' Vanġeli ApokrafiEmanuel (Edmund) Teuma (trans.)ĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Is-Sultan tal-GlorjaWalter Lobina; Francesco Pio Attard (trans.)ĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Ittri mill-Mitħna TiegħiAlphonse Daudet; Joe Pulè (trans.)Horizons
Mademoiselle Perle u AktarGuy de Maupassant; Toni Aquilina (trans.)Horizons
Il-Maqlub u s-SewwaAlbert Camus; Toni Aquilina (trans.)Faraxa Publishing
"L-Intruża" u "L-Għomja"Maurice Maeterlinck; Toni Aquilina (trans.)Faraxa Publishing

 

General Research

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Gardening in Malta Peter CalamattaPeter Calamatta
Salt Pans in Malta Pauline DingliSKS Publishers
Cor ad Cor Loquitur - Qalb Tkellem lill-Qalb: Ġabra ta' Diskorsi dwar il-Fidi u l-Ħajja Nisranija fil-Knisja u fis-Soċjetà (1998-2019) - Vol. 2, Partijiet 1 u 2 Hector ScerriHorizons
A Passage to Malta: The Health and Wellbeing of Foreign Children in Malta Carmel Cefai, Moemi Keresztes, Natalie Galea Rachel SpiteriHorizons
Examining an Examination Doreen SpiteriMerlin Publishers
The Examined Life: Writings in Honour of Guido Lanfranco Mark-Anthony FalzonMidsea Books Ltd.
The Joannes Gennadius Maltese Treasure Trove in Athens Arnold CassolaMalta University Press
Quest for the Maltese Żaqq: A Lost Piping Tradition Karl PartridgeMidsea Books Ltd., National Archives of Malta
Ejjew Nidħqu Ftit Ieħor ma' Charles Clews Toni SantSKS Publishers
A Taste of History, Culture and Environment of the Central Region of Malta George CassarKite Group
Maltese Lace: History and Mystery: Four Centuries of Bizzilla Consiglia AzzopardiKite Group
Navigating the Maltese Mediascape Joe Borg, Mary Anne LauriKite Group
Selected Philosophical Essays Joe FriggieriKite Group
Storja u Kultura Ħaż-Żabbar 2019Malcolm SchembriMalcolm Schembri
Maltese Archives...My ChoiceCharles J. FarrugiaMiller Distributors Ltd.
Dizzjunarju ta' Termini Nawtiċi u Tagħrif Ieħor Marittimu LokaliJoseph CaruanaBDL Publishing
Iċ-Ċimiterju ta' Santa Marija Addolorata: Storja, Arti, PersonalitajietEman BonniciHeritage Malta Publishing
Behind Closed Doors: Fort St. Angelo and the Royal Navy 1906-19Matthew BalzanHeritage Malta Publishing

 

Biographical and Historiographic Research

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Beata Marija Kristina ta' Savoia Eman BonniciĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Il-Kanonku Fortunato Panzavecchia 1797-1850: Raġel ta' Kultura u Qaddej tal-Patrija David Agius-MuscatHorizons
Mystic Artist Anthony Mahoney: A Study of His Works 1968-2017 Anthony MahoneyHorizons
Ir-Redentur: History, Art and Cult of the Miraculous Effigy of Christ the Redeemer at Senglea, Malta Jonathan FarrugiaMidsea Books, Senglea Collegiate Chapter
X'Kien Ġara Sew fis-Sette Giugno Paul BartoloKlabb Kotba Maltin
The Sette Giugno in Maltese History 1919-2019 Henry FrendoMidsea Books Ltd.
Valletta: Malta's Hospitaller City and Other Essays Victor Mallia-MilanesMidsea Books Ltd.
Knights at Sea: The Caravan Diaries Thomas FrellerMidsea Books Ltd.
Philip Calleja: Għex għall-Bniedem Maqlugħ minn Għeruqu Charles ButtigiegKlabb Kotba Maltin
Għamlu Isem: Ir-Raba' Ktieb Joe Julian FarrugiaKlabb Kotba Maltin
Son of a Reluctant ImmigrantLeon ZawadskiFarxa Publishing
Lord Strickland: Plots and Intrigue in Colonial Malta Victor AquilinaKite Group
Buttons Parade, Military and Civilian Uniform Buttons in Malta Denis Darmanin, George CassarKite Group
The Unreality of Realism: An Insular Perspective on the Development of Modern Art Giuseppe Schembri-BonaciHorizons
Metal and Silence: The Quest for Daringness and Authenticity in the Arts Giuseppe Schembri-BonaciHorizons
Tritoni: The Rebirth of an Iconic Fountain David MalliaMediaCoop
Malta's Unsung Heroes Vol. 1 Alfred Conti BordaWise Owl Publications
Malta's Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 Alfred Conti BordaWise Owl Publications
Il-Majjistra u t-Twelid fil-Komunità Maltija fis-Seklu 20 Janice CaruanaJanice Caruana
Monumenti u Busti fil-Gżejjer MaltinAnton CamilleriBDL Publishing
Kulħadd għall-Belt : Sette Giugno 1919-2019Kenneth GambinHeritage Malta Publishing
Pioneers of Modern Art in Malta Vol. 2Joseph Paul CassarHeritage Malta Publishing
Dies Irae, Dies Illa - Jum ta' Ghadab, Dak il-JumAaron Attard-HiliAaron Attard-Hili
Fuq il-Passi ta' VassalliJoseph P. BorgKlabb Kotba Maltin, L-Akkademja tal-Malti

 

Terramaxka 2020: books published in 2019

Original works: books for children (ages 0-7)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Toni tat-Tritoni Stephen LughermoHorizons / Agenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litterizmu
Tikka Poeżija għall-1 u t-2 sena Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Mikelin Sandra Hili VassalloMerlin Publishers
In-Nota tal-Mamà Justin DebonoKlabb Kotba Maltin
Ġola - Il-Ġiraffa u t-Tifla tal-Kampanja Rebecca Spiteri, Christina FarrugiaKlabb Kotba Maltin
X'Qed Jiġri f'Żaqq il-Mamà Maria Grima VellaKlabb Kotba Maltin
Salvu ta' Manini Doris SchembriKlabb Kotba Maltin
Il-Lukanda ta' Martina Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers
Il-Praspar ta' Sika: Sika u s-Sandli l-AħmarUrsola BorgBDL Publishing
Il-Praspar ta' Sika: Sika u l-KarnivalUrsola BorgBDL Publishing

 

Original works: books for children (ages 8-12)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
A New HomeDunstan HamiltonAction for Breast Cancer Foundation
Fra Mudest u l-Figolla tal-Pirjol Charles CashaMerlin Publishers
Fra Mudest u ċ-Ċagħaq Charles CashaMerlin Publishers
Qabża f'Dinja Oħra mill-Klassi ta' Miss Ambrożja Pulis Kiftaranipenġini Audrey FriggieriMerlin Publishers
Il-Lanċa tal-Irmonk (L12 Tikka Qari) Clare Azzopardi, Kenneth SciclunaMerlin Publishers
L-Istorja ta' Seb it-Tieni (u ta' Seb l-Ewwel ukoll) (Tikka Qari L12) Leanne EllulMerlin Publishers
Romilda u Rodolfo (Tikka Qari L13) David AloisioMerlin Publishers
Il-Leġġenda ta' Robin Hood u Marian (Tikka Qari L13) Simon BartoloMerlin Publishers
Nicky Farrugia: Ir-Raġel tal-Ħadid (Tikka Qari L13) Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers
Id-Dar ta' Faċċata Carmel BorgMerlin Publishers
Irvin Vella Investigatur Virtwali (4) : Il-Każ Stella Maris John A. BonelloMerlin Publishers
Noè u l-Iskojjattlu Bla Kwiet Leanne Ellul, Stephanie BugejaMerlin Publishers
Sorpriża għal Lindora Carmel G. CauchiMerlin Publishers
Arlekkin Isfar Roberta BajadaMerlin Publishers
Il-Vinkulari: Il-Muftieħ tal-Passat Simone SpiteriMerlin Publishers
L-Ingwanti Maġiċi Jagħmlu Hbieb Godda Anabelle AzzopardiHorizons
Ġikkur: Nifs 'il Gewwa u Ieħor 'il Barra, Immedita Halli TikkalmaCedric ChircopFaraxa Publishing
The Dream Life of Little PaulElizabeth Guyon SpennatoFaraxa Publishing
Amber u l-Mantell l-AħmarClaudia MicallefFaraxa Publishing
The Thousand Questions of Dino Ricciolino: Out in the GardenChiara Ludovica BastistelliFaraxa Publishing
Smajna Isimna taħt l-Art Loranne Vella, Trevor BorgArts Council Malta
L-Avventuri f'Ħal Xuxa: Is-Saram ta' Lippu n-NaffarJanet MalliaBDL Publishing
L-Avventuri f'Ħal Xuxa: L-Isfrattu ta' Zeppi ż-ŻiemelJanet MalliaBDL Publishing
In-Nanna Se u l-Falkun taż-Żewġt IrjusKenneth GauciBDL Publishing
In-Nanna Se u Trullu TrulluKenneth GauciBDL Publishing

 

Original works: books for adolescents (ages 13-16)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
In the Land of MarigoldsKirsten SpiteriFaraxa Publishing
Remembering Sette Giugno 1919 Alexander CutajarKite Group

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 0-7)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Otto Ma Jridx JikberClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Ġojjell Jitlaq Ifittex lil Kiri (2) Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Ġojjel u s-Saħħara (3) Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Lupu Lupettu Jitla' l-MuntanjiClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Lupu Lupettu Joħlom bl-OċeanClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Lupettin Imur għand it-Tabib Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Lupettin Jibża’ mid-Dlam Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
L-Annimali tad-DarRachel PortelliMerlin Publishers
L-Annimali tal-ForestaRachel PortelliMerlin Publishers
Busy Skola Mimlija TħabrikJoanne MicallefFaraxa Publishing
Busy Trakter Ħabrieki Joanne MicallefFaraxa Publishing
Il-Pupi tal-KartiRachel Cortis, Toni AquilinaFaraxa Publishing
Busy Żu Mimli Tħabrik Joanne MicallefFaraxa Publishing

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 8-12)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Meta Mmur għand Sieħbi Carlos Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Iċ-Ċkejken Prinċep Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Kif Issir Supereroj Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers
Mostri Tersqux 'l Hawn (Iva, Nasal!) Trevor ZahraMerlin Publishers
Saħħa Bonġu Ċaw (Iva, Nasal!) Trevor ZahraMerlin Publishers
Mitfi (Iva, Nasal!) Trevor ZahraMerlin Publishers
Ċimm Pumm Paqq (Iva, Nasal!) Trevor ZahraMerlin Publishers
Veru jew Falz (Iva, Nasal!) Trevor ZahraMerlin Publishers
Vjola Ddur id-DinjaBrian BuhagiarMerlin Publishers
Is-Suldat tal-Landa (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
It-Tliet Qżieqeż (Il-Ħrejjef MaġiċiI) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Qrempuċ (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Il-Prinċipessa u l-Piżella (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Il-Prinċep Żrinġ (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Il-Fellus Ikrah (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
It-Tifla tas-Sulfarini (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Barnuża Ħamra (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Pejxu biż-Żarbun (Il-Ħrejjef Maġiċi) Noel TantiMerlin Publishers
Milied Imħawwad Gorg MalliaMerlin Publishers
Il-Problemi ta' DannyClaudia GauciMerlin Publishers
L-Annimali ta' DannyClaudia GauciMerlin Publishers
Ir-Regoli ta' DannyClaudia GauciMerlin Publishers
L-Ispettaklu Stupend Żanżan KelmaLeanne Ellul, Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Sherlock, Lupin u Jien 1: Is-Sinjura s-SewdaDwayne EllulMerlin Publishers
Sherlock, Lupin u Jien 2: L-Aħħar Att fit-Teatru tal-Opra Dwayne EllulMerlin Publishers

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 13-16)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Title of bookAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher
Sliem Għalik, Marija Ermes Ronchi; Terence Portelli (trans.)ĊAK - Religjon u Ħajja
Żero Luigi Ballerini: John A. Bonello (trans.)Merlin Publishers