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.

Coming up next week on Vulpes Libris

After immersing ourselves in Georgette Heyer’s Regency world for an entire week, it’s time to feed our serious sides again. This coming week will see thoughtful pieces on literary fiction, … Continue reading

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All’s Heyer in Love and War: An Infamous Army

My favourite Georgette Heyer novel is also the one it costs me the most effort to read: her Waterloo epic An Infamous Army. Like Hilary before me, I’m not about to … Continue reading

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The Road to Brighton in ‘Regency Buck’

Here be spoilers. This is not going to be a detailed review of Georgette Heyer’s Regency Buck (which is not one of my favourites for reasons I shall make clear). … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 7 Comments

Georgette Heyer: Black Sheep

Abigail Wendover thinks of herself as a spinster aunt, though she’s not, really. She’s a charming and witty woman in her late twenties, and she lives in Bath with her … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer

Unlike most of the other Book Foxes, I had never read Georgette Heyer before we planned this week. Though Founder Fox Leena had been recommending her books for years and … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Talisman Ring

The Talisman Ring (1936) is not one of Heyer’s most well-known novels. It’s one of those for which you can’t quite remember who the hero was, whether he was Regency Buck … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 12 Comments

Georgette Heyer Week

Because most of the Foxes are fans, we decided to devote an entire week to this author, perusing a number of her novels and subjects connected with her. Ms. Heyer … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 6 Comments

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

It is difficult to write about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves without revealing a key piece of plot information. However, Karen Joy Fowler managed to get to page 77 of … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Newman on Kingsley on Newman: Apologia pro vita sua

First of all, an apology. Today’s post was supposed to be a review of Ian Ker’s Newman on Vatican II. Unfortunately, life intervened, so what I can offer today is much … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

In praise of Dame Ivy

I thought I had already written about how much I love Ivy Compton-Burnett here on Vulpes Libris, but it seems I have not – how extremely remiss of me; an … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

Edited by Tim Kendall “There are strange Hells within the minds War made …” Ivor Gurney. ~:~ Up until very recently had anyone asked me to recommend just one book … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 7 Comments

“Good luck, everyone …”

  On this Armistice Day, the moment that comedy collided with tragedy:  © BBC   (The scheduled post will appear later this morning.)

November 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

The thrills of cataloguing libraries – a Vulpes Libris Random.

I’m a librarian by profession, but I never used to be captivated by the task of cataloguing books – until quite recently, that is. I was never sufficiently tidy-minded, and … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

It finally feels like Autumn here in the UK:  rain and remembrance are with us in equal measure, along with grey skies, lonely penguins and miscellaneous retailers exhorting us to … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment



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