Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

A Vulpes Libris Random – The Toast brings us the teenage classics we really wanted to read

While the Bookfoxes are on their hols, in amongst all the serious reading that fills our days (ahem) there are wicked and frivolous little discoveries to be made. Such as … Continue reading

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Vulpes Libris have an Easter break

Boinnnnng, boinnnng, boinnnng …. thumpathumpathumpa. That’s the sound of Easter rabbits leaping about in training for the next two weeks. The Book Foxes are on holiday, and preparing to eat … Continue reading

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VL Q&A: Chris Ward, author of Living on the Western Front (Annals and Stories, 1914-1919)

What I wanted to do was disrupt narrative structures and upset realist expectations by imitating an early-medieval annalist… but it proved impossible. In the first place because every sentence is … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

Making a book magazine

“Do you mind if my post this week is shamelessly self-promoting?” said I to the foxes, and they politely averted their eyes and commented on the weather.  Which I took … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 13 Comments

Gavin Maxwell’s Sicily

Sicily has intrigued me for a very long time. As with other places of which I had developed a strong image in my mind (another was Venice), when I actually … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

It is years since I read Cat’s Eye. It was the second Atwood novel I read, in the summer of 1999, between high school and university. Looking back, it was the … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

This week, as is so often the joy of Vulpes Libris, the theme is that there is no theme – none whatsoever. So, like these little fox kits, we are … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Fisherground: Living the Dream – by Ian Hall

Before I go any further, I need to say that I know Ian and Jen Hall, Fisherground Farm, the Eskdale Valley, the Wakes and virtually the entire supporting cast of … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

Beautiful Words by Nik Perring

Anyone who follows this site avidly (so avidly they have read every post for the past four years) will know I was a real fan of Nik Perring’s last collection … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

The 15th-century campaigning nun of Flanders

This biography is a most extraordinary story; I don’t think I’ve read about such a forward-thinking and radical woman of the Middle Ages before. The author, Ellen Watkins, a retired … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Mortal Instruments

Guest poster Holly brings us up to speed on yet another teen / YA fiction phenomenon that blends fantasy, high schools, screaming and casual wear cover art. In the marketing … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

Coming up post for Week of the 31st March 2014

Casting about for a suitable summing up of this week’s offerings, the words “eclectic” and “wide-ranging” come to mind. But when is it ever not eclectic on Vulpes Libris? This … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tony Benn: Dare to be a Daniel

In 1928, when I was three, there was a huge flood in London and I remember looking out of the window and seeing boats sailing down the street in front … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 9 Comments

Dark Aemilia

Sally O’Reilly’s novel Dark Aemilia follows self-proclaimed court whore Aemilia Bassano through nineteen years of her life during the last years of Elizabeth I’s reign and the beginning of the … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 2 Comments



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