The Malta Independent 5 August 2021, Thursday

Dom Mintoff’s biography launched

Saturday, 19 June 2021, 09:10 Last update: about 3 months ago

Fr. Mark Montebello yesterday launched Dom Mintoff's biography - The Tail that Wagged the Dog: The life and struggles of Dom Mintoff. 1916-2012. It is a 640-page book which according to the author applies for all Maltese and Gozitan citizens.

The Tail that Wagged the Dog is Mintoff's first scientific biography. It was worked out by Fr. Montebello over the course of seven years from prime sources in Malta and abroad, especially in England. Fr. Montebello explained that every statement in the book is based on original documentation. It was emphasized that as the first work in its genre, this biography had to be meticulous and thoroughly reliable.


Mr. Joe Borg, Executive Director of SKS, the biography's publishers, stated that Fr. Montebello was chosen in 2012 from a small pool of possible candidates for the work, and was promised and left in total freedom to do his job without any interference. Furthermore, the Labour Party gave Fr. Montebello full access to all its internal archives and records.

The book contains original photographs of Mintoff, and also some appendixes of considerable historical interest. It will be available at Malta's leading bookshops as from 1 July 2021 at €30. The book can also be bought online from SKS publishers website.

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