When established author Mark Harland decided to turn away from novels for his next work, he chose to write his memories of living as a young boy in Malta.
When established author Mark Harland decided to turn away from novels for his next work, he chose to write his memories of living as a young boy in Malta. Born at the David Bruce Naval Hospital in M’tarfa, he went to England with his parents when he was two years old. When the Admiralty transferred his father, Victor, back to Malta in 1960, the author attended St. Andrews Army School for the next three years.
Part 1 of the book traces Mark’s early days as a young schoolboy living in St. Paul’s Bay and then Sliema - the ‘Golden Years.’
Part 2 recounts tales of numerous visits to ‘his island’ as a returning visitor and how it compares to the Malta he remembers as a youngster. How does the author see Malta’s future? This quotation says it all:
‘I have a feeling in my waters that Malta’s greatest days are yet to come.’
The illustrations above depict the Chalet Ghar Id Dud in Sliema in its heyday in the Thirties and the State flag of Queensland, Australia. One is a recollection of former glory, the other a poignant reminder that the Maltese Cross has reached across the Seven Seas to all points on Earth.
Part 3 provides tips and useful information for those seeking to travel to Malta, particularly first time visitors, Seniors and those with mobility problems.