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.

Vulpes Random: Project SJ

Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. What better day to announce a new project, all about Jesuits? The heart of … Continue reading

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Coming Up in Vulpes Libris

OK, it’s still hot. Very hot. Too hot to read out of doors during the day in some places, but in the evenings, oooooh lovely. This is what we’ve been … Continue reading

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Interview with Emma Haughton, author of Now You See Me

1) Now You See Me is a dark, tense thriller with a euphoric ending that made me feel certain the book would make a brilliant film. The sort of film … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Caleb’s Crossing is by a writer whose output to date has been small, but bears the mark of quality. Those who enjoy her work might notice a comparison between her … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Picasso and the Chess Player by Larry Witham

My first impression of this book was of a rivalry between Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, but that really wasn’t the case. Though they had met, their goals and philosophy … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

Whew! It’s been a week of gloriously roasting temperatures even up here in usually mild Scotland. There’s nothing quite like sitting in the garden, with a glass of icy something, … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

July 25, 2014 · 8 Comments

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 · 1 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 · 3 Comments

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

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

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



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