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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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 reading, slapping at mozzies with our tails but deeply absorbed, so into our books that we don't even notice the bats.
Monday 28 July: Were Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp rivals? Which one had the most influence on Twentieth Century Art? Find out when Jackie reports on Picasso and the Chess Player by Larry Witham.
Tuesday 29th July:Sharon reads a novel about colonial America.
Wednesday 30 July: Lisa interviews Emma Haughton, author of new YA thriller Now You See Me.
Friday 1 August: Guest Fox Holly staggers out of Howard Sargent's The Forgotten War, an epic read of elves fighting humans that took her three months.
Saturday 2 August: Eve opens another excellent children's book.