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.

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

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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

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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 · Leave a 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 · 6 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

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

Coming Up This Week

In the Northern hemisphere, we are well into autumn which is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Our offerings are as varied … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher

Not enough people write letters anymore. It’s quite tragic actually when you think about it. We all correspond far more often but our correspondences are now mostly hurried, disposable and … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse

When I scanned my waiting-to-be-reviewed pile, to see what would be best to share with you lot this week, my eye fell on an orange Penguin I’d been reading back … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Sculptor’s Daughter

Tove Jansson’s memoir, Sculptor’s Daughter (1968, 2013) is a collection of 19 episodes in the life of a small girl living with her artist mother (Swedish) and sculptor father (Finnish), … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Interview with author Keren David

Keren David’s Salvage – a beautifully crafted YA novel about two siblings separated by adoption – is my favourite book of recent years and I was delighted when Keren decided … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 2 Comments



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