Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia


Daphne Caruana Galizia’s story hit the front covers of international newspapers, although she wrote for a Maltese national newspaper. Yet from her early years, she was focused upon uncovering corruption and telling the truth. When Daphne dared to expose the lies of the Maltese government and national businesses, her family, home, and ultimately her life, were threatened.

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is written and illustrated by her friend, Gattaldo. From Daphne’s early days, where she was a devoted and open-minded reader, she appears eager to learn and discover. Initially, Daphne appears inspired by Captain Salvatore Vella, a national Maltese hero, and her four times grandfather, who stood up the Emperor Napoleon’s garrison.

Daphne’s truth telling led to her drawing the ire of the authorities early on when she joined anti-government protests, Thereafter her investigative reporting exposed the corruption deep at the heart of government leaders and authorities.

Gattaldo’s storytelling is informative and direct. There is much inferred within his careful writing, and thereafter through his illustrations, which help us realise Daphne’s purpose and sense of responsibility. Colour and perspective are used to highlight meaningful moments and decisions.

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a brave, essential and respectful book. Bookwagon charges that everyone should be made aware of this trailblazing, truth teller’s story; it is the least we can do, especially at a time when journalism is such a disparaged and undermined profession.

This book is endorsed by Amnesty International                                                          Reporters without Borders

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Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia

written and illustrated by Gattaldo

(Otter-Barry Books)– hardback

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a story of pride and truth. Gattaldo was Daphne’s friend. Daphne Caruana Galizia, journalist, drew early inspiration from her great-great-great-great grandfather, Captain Salvatore Vella, ‘who stood up to the Emperor Napoleon’s garrison in 1798‘. Thereafter the history and celebration of Malta was important to her. Furthermore,  Daphne’s reading experience was so expansive that Gattaldo says that ‘you’d always find her with her head in a book’.
It seems that Daphne’s reading made her realise the importance of questioning and ‘then making up her own mind’.
During her youth, Daphne was arrested for participating in anti-government protests. She had grown to believe that in telling the truth, but she took this to another level in her career in investigative reporting ‘for a national newspaper’. Although she was one of the few female journalists, her star rose because she dared to research and expose wrong doing. Furthermore, her work showed up corruption in politics and business; this led to her life being threatened.
Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is succinct, compassionate and proud. Its framing and perspective are thoughtful. Meanwhile, Gattaldo’s application of colour and line draw our focus upon Daphne’s timeline.
Fearless is a work of such importance that we recommend it be read and shared at home and school. We are proud to sell this essential story about such a courageous figure in modern history.


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