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.

Interview with author Helen Grant

Interview by Lisa Glass. I met Helen Grant online and know her as an incredibly funny member of a YA writers’ group. Her new book Demons of Ghent was released … Continue reading

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Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

We’re teetering on the edge of summer and autumn here in the northern hemisphere, where going outside means conkers and soggy wet leaves underfoot and mornings cold enough to wear socks … Continue reading

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Naomi Novik’s Temeraire

Dragons are tricky beasts to fit into historical novels. Naomi Novik’s excellent 2006 novel Temeraire (in the USA, His Majesty’s Dragon), about the fighting dragons of His Majesty’s Navy during … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Bookweek Roundup Returns…

In the early days of Vulpes Libris we used to do this regularly. Gathering snippets of book news from the interwebs and cobbling them together in some sort of theme. … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age – by B Jack Copeland.

“We take for granted that we use the same slab of hardware to shop. manage our finances, type our memoirs, play our favourite music and videos, and send instant messages … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jojo Moyes: Me Before You

Me Before You came to me with a double recommendation: I heard the rumour (which turned out to be false) that Tom Hiddleston would play the lead in a film … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Benefits of Merciless Respect

Janet Allison Brown A few years ago, when my husband was travelling and the kids were becoming self-sufficient, I finally finished a novel I was proud of: The Walker’s Daughter, … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Three about animals

A trio of nonfiction animal books, about dogs, cats and chickens. AlphaCat by Gabriella and Paola Gallerani This slim and beautiful volume has a two pronged appeal, those who love … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

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The days are shortening, the swallows are gathering noisily on the telephone wires and there’s a bit of a chill in the evening air. We can’t ignore it any longer: … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

This review was supposed to be up last week but instead I went into hospital, so I think you can cut me a bit of slack. However I’m absolutely fine, … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

This book has knocked me sideways. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that was so deeply felt, and deeply thought, nor one I read with so … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 7 Comments

Ubik by Philip K. Dick

Instant Ubik has all the fresh flavour of just-brewed drip coffee. Your husband will say, Christ, Sally, I used to think your coffee was only so-so. But now, wow!  Safe … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 3 Comments


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows Cather (Cath) Avery in her first year at college where she struggles with her social anxiety and introverted personality. She’s in a location that thrives … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 3 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

It’s autumn now – leaves are turning, the season is beautiful but melancholy. Any day now, the Harvest Moon will be up (almost a misnomer these days, with so much … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · 1 Comment



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