John Portelli

John Portelli is a retired journalist and public relations consultant who lives on the small Mediterranean island of Malta, half way between Italy and North Africa.  He is married with two (also married) children. Although he has not actually published any books in his own name (he has published/edited many for clients), he has been a very regular newspaper contributor for the last 48 years and earlier in 2014 was responsible for the PR of an international conference on religious freedom (“Can Christianity survive persecution?”) organised by the Malta branch of the Pontifical Charity “Aid to the Church in Need.”

John also blogs (when he has time!) on his own blog called “Cappuccino” - a sort of let’s stop a moment and have a coffee and talk together at http://john169.blogspot.com. In addition, he produces another weekly blog (with a sister page on Facebook) dedicated to the readings of the Sunday liturgy for one’s personal reflection, called The Word on Sunday (http://thewordonsunday.blogspot.com) .  

In 2009 he graduated in Sacred Theology and in 2014 also completed his studies in philosophy, two subjects he particularly enjoys.  He is also into reading, photography, design, and music; he plays percussion and guitar with a Catholic worship band which keeps him busy every Su8nday morning! Who says there’s no life after a lifetime of work? 

Book Reviews by John Portelli

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What World Is This? and Other Stories

When one decides to read a book that's a collection of the year's best in a literary competition, one unintentionally tries to visualize the thoughts of those who judged the works and why these were considered better than others.

The reader can become too critical as a result and miss out on the inherent beauty of each creative pen on show. When I managed to do this, however, I was able to touch the raw and beautiful aspects of life in different parts of the world, in different social strata, and in different ages as they are presented in these short stories.

The collection is filled with pat...

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Manalive

When I started reading this book by Chesterton - I must admit ignorance of its existence - I was immediately drawn to the characteristic narrative style which I had somehow lost my way from for far too many years. Through his masterly look at life around him, his detail, his humor, one can easily visualize the person being written about, the room where the action takes place, or what's going on through his or her mind. He is a master of creating pictures through the use of words. At the same time, I also realized that I had been feeding on other, more contemporary, writers for far too long and this return to grassro...

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