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.
After a week spent celebrating our fifth anniversary, we turn a little somber this week for some unknown reason(too much cake?). In fact, in our planning session(which involves the Foxes leaning over a table filled with maps and one of us wielding a stick to point at them), we nicknamed this as a grim week. That’s with one M, so nothing about fairy tales, which would be another kind of grim altogether.
But just because our offerings may be grim, they are no less interesting. We have short stories, a memoir and a post ripped from the headlines. And you can always leave a cheery comment to brighten things up.
Monday- Jackie peers at Joseph Conrad’s classic The Secret Sharer.
Tuesday- Kate reviews a historical memoir of the tortured invalid life of Henry James’s sister.
Thursday- Anne discovers a whole swathe of folks both literary and grim in Robin Black’s short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.
Friday- Leena is intrigued by a Finnish self-publishing scandal and wonders what it says about the moral responsibilities of fiction in the social media.
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In the run up to Christmas, the Foxes have decided to try something a little different – both as a bit of fun and to give us a chance to nip out and buy something suitable for Great Aunt Gwendoline and that obnoxious second cousin with the dreadful taste in neckwear, halitosis and the mistaken belief that he’s God’s gift to women ...
From now until the New Year, we’re putting our usual scheduled posts on hold and taking the Christmas cracker-cum-Advent calendar route: you never know what’s going to pop up or fall out until it actually happens. Heck – even WE won’t know a lot of the time … so think of it as a journey into the unknown that we’re taking together …