The Malta Independent 11 August 2022, Thursday

Getting to know: Sergio Grech - a writer who had something else in mind when he was young

Stephen Calleja Sunday, 26 September 2021, 10:00 Last update: about 12 months ago

Author and researcher Sergio Grech tells The Malta Independent on Sunday what he likes and dislikes by answering a set of questions aimed to let us know more about him.

He tells us who his favourite singer is, who also happens to be one of the four people he would like to have dinner with, given the chance.

The author of “U tisbah missier”, a collection of stories, reflections and observations, did not see himself as a writer when he was young. 


What was the last book you read?

Lord Strickland: Plots and Intrigue in Colonial Malta, Victor Aquilina

Who is your favourite author?

Ivan Klima (international)

Trevor Zahra (local author)

What was the last film you watched?

La Vita e’ bella (I saw it again a few weeks ago)

Which film have you seen multiple times and enjoyed every time you saw it?

Shakespeare in Love

Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Gwyneth Paltrow

What is your favourite TV series?

The Love Boat. We used to watch on Berlusconi’s TV stations

What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?


Which team do you support?

Zejtun Corinthians

Which song would you sing at a karaoke night?

Ti Amo, Umberto Tozzi

Who is your favourite singer/band?

Roberto Vecchioni

Which show/event would you like to attend/have attended?   

Opera The Valkyrie, Richard Wagner, to be staged this winter at the London Coliseum 

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

Book – laptop – mobile

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?


What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

Moravský vrabec (Moravian sparrow) – do not be fooled it is a pork dish!

What is that one thing you could not go a day without?

Electronic mail

Which fictional character do you relate to most?

Tomas in The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Do you check your horoscope?


What age would you choose if you could be one age forever?


What invention would you erase from history?

Mobile phone

Would you like to know the day when you will die?

Not really



What's your favourite animal?

Siberian Tiger

What's your favourite type of foreign food? 

Osso buco alla Milanese

What is your favourite hobby?

Reading. When I was in my late teenage I used to collect stamps.

What's your favourite season?


What's your favourite ice cream topping?

Melted marshmallows

What's your favourite board game?


What is your favourite pizza?


What is your favourite colour?


What is your favourite pasta dish?


What is your favourite cartoon show?

L’Uomo Tigre

What did you like to do most during the summer holidays?

Swimming at St Thomas Bay (Munxar area), reading and listening to the radio especially the reading of novels by Charles Arrigo and Twannie Scapello. I was also an altar boy serving at San Girgor in Zejtun. And the Genwiza ice cream of course was a must.

What career did you see yourself in when you were young?

A pilot with Air Malta

What is your best childhood memory?

Going daily to my nanna who lived near Roger’s bakery in Zejtun.

Did you learn how to ride a bike?


Who was your super hero?

Mazinga Zeta

Which toy do you wish to have kept?

Dress like Zorro Costume 

What subject did you excel in at school?


What subject did you dislike the most in school?

Maths, especially Geometry

Was there some family tradition that was never missed?

Meeting at nanna’s house during annual festivals like Easter, Christmas, Good Friday and Festa.

What are the best values you owe to your parents?

Kindness – Honesty – Patience

What would you change about yourself if you could?

I wish to control better my eating habits.

What really makes you angry?


Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half full

Are you a sore loser?

Not sure.

What is your biggest regret?

Not learning to play a church’s organ.

What’s the first thing you look for in a partner and/or friend?

Honesty – respect – support

What is your greatest fear?


What is your life motto?

Issa naraw (we’ll see)

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Life is too short. Stop wasting it.

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?

Acquisition of a book that I was hunting for ages

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do or buy?

Would buy an expensive work of art

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Roberto Vecchioni, Luciano Pavarotti, Archbishop Michael Gonzi, Enrico Berlinguer

If you could bring one person back from the dead who’d it be?

My Nanna Karm. She died in 1988. She was a keen reader. Every day she read her favourite Maltese newspaper.

If you could time travel, when and where would you go?

Paris, 1798

If you could relive one moment in your life, which would it be?

The birth of my two kids

If you could live anywhere outside Malta, where would it be?


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fried rabbit & Spaghetti

If you could know the truth behind a secret or mystery, which would it be?

Who was behind Italian singer Mia Martini’s death?

If you could eliminate one of the seven deadly sins, which one would it be (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth?


If you had to be given a superpower, what would you choose?

Power to eliminate hypocrisy

Coffee or tea?


Walk or swim?


Summer or winter?


Italy or England?


Restaurant or delivery?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Fish or meat?


Mobile phone or TV?

Mobile phone

Black or white?


Film or TV series?


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