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.

The Worm Ourobouros

This is an epic fantasy novel by E R Eddison, published in 1922, and my new edition has glowing remarks on the front and back cover by JRR Tolkien and … Continue reading

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Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

As a cold wind is raging and howling outside – or at least here in Finland, it is – we at Vulpes hope that you’ll be warmed and comforted by … Continue reading

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Paris Tales, translated by Helen Constantine.

I have already written about the goodies to be found on the £1 book rack outside Treadwell’s Bookshop in Store Street, Bloomsbury. Lately, a day trip to Paris made me … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit, by the Reverend Richard Coles

I know a priest who, after he had shut up shop on Christmas Day, would get into his pyjamas and take a bottle of vodka alone to bed, watch The … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Maureen Johnson: Girl at Sea

The very beginning of Vulpes Libris coincided with my (relatively late) discovery of YA, and Maureen Johnson was one of the first modern YA authors I read and enjoyed. In … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My contribution to Vulpes Libris’ birthday celebration week focuses on a novel that was actually published at the end of 2006, but which won the Orange Prize (as it was … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Night Haunts by Sukhdev Sandhu

A Journey through the London Night “Nobody knows we’re here. Nobody. The Port of London sent a river pilot to assess my competence. I’ve been on the Thames for fifty … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Warning: there are SPOILERS in this review of the seventh and last of the Harry Potter novels by J K Rowling. It’s written assuming that you know roughly what has happened … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 7 Comments

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

Before reading this novel, I wasn’t sure if I’d find enough to write about. Now that I’ve finished it, there seems to be too much to say and that I … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Now We Are Seven …

On the 18th of October 2007, a disparate group of social misfits with nothing much in common except natural curiosity, the gift of the gab and an enthusiasm for books  … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 6 Comments

Dogs in Literature…revisited!

  There is much (too much) excitement in the Harvey household just now. We are expanding our family with a new addition! That’s her in the above photo, the little … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Natural History of Selborne – Gilbert White

“The Parish of Selborne lies in the extreme eastern corner of the county of Hampshire, bordering on the count of Sussex, and not far from the county of Surrey; it … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Rabbit Back Literature Society 

Ella, a high school teacher, is perturbed when a student’s copy of a very well-known novel tells the story in a different way. Why are the library books rewriting their … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Photograph by Penelope Lively

One day, Glyn is rooting around in a cupboard full of old paperwork, looking for an academic paper he needs for his work. A stack falls out and as he … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)
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