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James Vella-Bardon

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St Julians, Malta




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James was born and raised in Malta, an island nation steeped in the millennia of history. As a boy he often caught a rickety old bus to the capital of Valletta, where he would hover around the English bookshops to check out the latest titles in fiction.

Growing up he was an avid reader and a relentless day-dreamer, with his standout subject at school being English composition. He also won a couple of national essay competitions. Although he spent seven years studying and obtaining a doctor of laws degree, this did not cure him of his urge to write stories. So after emigrating to Sydney in 2007 he resolved to have a proper stab at writing his first novel.

The result of this decision is an epic, sprawling five-part historical fiction series

Three Speeches

The following is a transcript of the speeches delivered during an unforgettable book signing event. It was held at Agenda Bookshop on the Valletta Waterfront on 29 September 2018 to promote my debut novel The Sheriff’s Catch.

Thanks again to everyone who attended a true watershed occasion in the history of Maltese fiction in English, in a year when Valletta was named European Capital of Culture... Read more of this blog post »
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James Glad we're friends Erin and will look forward to your updates!

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James Thanks Argona, I'm looking out for your reviews!

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James Many thanks Maria, much appreciated!

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Thanks for the friend request and message, James :)

Argona Hello James, thank you so much for your lovely message and the friend request. I look forward to discovering new books with you.^^

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Maria Espadinha Im very pleased to add you to my friends group, James :)

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