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.

Adult Life Skills, a delightfully sparky and entertaining “comedy about grief”

From the Edinburgh Film Festival 2016. In cinemas now. Having already bagged the Nora Ephron prize at Tribeca, small UK independent film Adult Life Skills held its European premiere at … Continue reading

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Well, I have drawn the short straw this weekend, writing here in the UK during this most proverbially interesting of times. But the den is a virtual one, crossing oceans … Continue reading

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

If the title to this graphic novel makes it sound a little all over the place, then that’s appropriate because all over the place is exactly what this book is. … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Panther by Brecht Evens

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more hipster than when I preordered a copy of a Belgian graphic novel in translation. Yep, that’s the kind of life I live now. … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Spiderwoman: Baby Talk

I knew nothing about Spiderwoman. I had a vague idea that there was one, but such is the multiplicity of the Marvel universe, there could also be a Spiderdog and … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Maus is Art Spiegelman’s graphic memoir of his father Vladek, a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor. It was published originally in two parts and in one complete volume in 2003 and has … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

Vincent by Barbara Stok

As a long time Vincent van Gogh fan, imagine how thrilled I was to find this graphic novel about the last few years of his life, the most creative time … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Graphic Novels Week on VL

When I was younger, comic books were flimsy things full of muscular superheroes. At some point in the last quarter century, they became much more substantial, not just as physical … Continue reading

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The Origins of the Universe and What it All Means by Carole Firstman

We humans are good at figuring things out. We’ve figured out why apples fall down instead of up. We’ve figured out that objects are made up of tiny particles, bound … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Blue-Air-Ride Trilogy by Lisa Glass

Today is publication day for the third book in Lisa Glass’s YA surfing trilogy, with Ride finally joining the hugely successful Blue and Air to complete the rollercoaster story of Zeke and Iris.  … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Man of Genius by Janet Todd

“A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical journey from flamboyant Regency England through a defeated Europe struggling to create … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Vulpes Revisited: A Rebel Among Outlaws – Kris Kristofferson

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

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  ‘Three fine days and a thunderstorm’ – thus did King George the Second perceptively define a British summer in the 18th Century, demonstrating that very little has changed, meteorologically … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

In Search of the Perfect Summer Read

I have a history of choosing the wrong book to take on holiday with me. This habit started early, with my first trip away on my own at the age … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 6 Comments



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