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.

Longbourn, by Jo Baker

A Janeite’s review. Never say never, eh? Just a few years ago I was railing here during one of our Hatchet Job Weeks about my distaste for Jane Austen spin-offs. … Continue reading

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Coming up this week

As the English heatwave breaks and thunderstorms rage overhead, staying in with a good book is a particularly attractive prospect. Just as well, then, that we’ve got plenty of fiction … Continue reading

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A Tale Without a Name by Penelope S. Delta

A Tale Without a Name by Penelope S. Delta has been much-loved in Greece since its original publication in 1911, and a beautiful English translation was published by Pushkin Press last … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mr Tasker’s Gods

This is a dark little fable by T F Powys, a novelist and mystic, one of eleven siblings, who lived in Dorset – the very secluded villages of East Chaldon and … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Skinny by Donna Cooner

I’m Chairing at the Edinburgh Book Festival again this year. YAY! And I have a lot, lot, lot of reading to do. I don’t seem to have read nearly as … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad

Revisiting a VL Classic Right-side-up reflections on life and other performances Seems a bit silly to review a book about musicians’ mental blocks and performance anxiety on a book blog; … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

I seldom say yes to review copies nowadays, simply because of the guilt I felt at seldom reading them, but I couldn’t resist the lure when Laura at Bloomsbury offered … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pterosaurs by Mark P. Witton

As a child, I loved dinosaurs. In fact one of the first books I took out of the school library after I learned to read was called “Animals of Yesterday … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

It’s the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere and the flowers are lush, baby birds are testing new wings and thunderstorms alternate with hot, sunny days. Winter seems so … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Picture Book Joy!

It’s been a while since I sat and read through my Picture Book shelf. (Yes, I have a Picture Book shelf, what of it?) There’s something so wonderful, even as … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 7 Comments

Dreams of the Good Life. The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford, by Richard Mabey

I was brought up on Lark Rise to Candleford. Juniper Hill, the real-life hamlet on which Lark Rise is based, is about 15 miles from where I grew up, and … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

In Conversation with Paul Cornell

The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Other Tree

Reading D K Mok’s excellent campus / desert science fiction novel The Other Tree was a delirious fun-ride, bouncing between the modes of Dan Brown (but so much more intelligent … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s all rather off-the-wall this week: psychogeography, cryptobotany, cyberpunk, talking cats, severed heads, urban fantasy and Lark Rise to Candleford. Hold on to your hats. This is going to get weird. … Continue reading

July 6, 2014 · 3 Comments



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