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.

Romance Week on Vulpes Libris …

We’ve been planning a ‘Romance’ week on Vulpes for some time, and after dithering for an age,  finally decided that, as most of us work better to a deadline, we … Continue reading

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The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

Having enjoyed Shapiro’s earlier book The Art Forger, I was eager to read her new one. When I did, I found it remarkably pertinent.There are two narratives, one is in … Continue reading

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

First, allow me a small amount of gloating. I am usually hopeless at reading the latest releases at the time they are actually released. I’m very good at reading things … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

Vulpes Libris 2,000,000th view competition: write for us!

As announced yesterday, Vulpes Libris has received its 2,000,000th view, which is a monumental achievement for a humble collective running entirely on our own steam and enthusiasm, with no backing or … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris: a competition ……

This is a very, very special week for Vulpes Libris. At the time of writing (Friday 5th February) this site has had 1,999, 369 views. By Sunday night there’s a pretty … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer – edited by Harry de Quetteville

Newspaper and magazine obituaries have been around pretty much as long as newspapers and magazines.  By the first half of the last century they’d generally become po-faced and worthy accounts … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ernest Bramah’s Max Carrados stories

The Max Carrados stories are a perfect storm of geekiness for my inner research ferret, since they embrace Edwardian magazine stories, disability in fiction, detectives and social history. They were … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Stumps of Flattop Hill by Kenneth Kit Lamug

When my kids were small I used to read to them a lot, usually in an effort (doomed) to get the little blighters to go to sleep. I’d let them … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

With a large chunk of the northern hemisphere in the grip of tumultuous weather  (and much as we love all of you over on the other side of The Pond, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Soaring Flight. Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings

Peter Lanyon was one of many artists in the 20th century who took profound inspiration from Cornwall. It is not just the conventional beauties of its landscape, but the particular … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Lord of the Rings revisited.

The Lord of the Rings is the ultimate ‘marmite’ book. Those who have an opinion about it one way or another either love it with an undying passion or – … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 11 Comments

Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road is the first volume in a new Young Adult series, by Derek Landy, following on from his popular Skulduggery Pleasant series. This new line, (also called Demon Road) … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up This Week

Over much of the northern hemisphere, it’s cold and snowy or cold and rainy. On such days, a steaming bowl of soup is welcome and that’s how I think of … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys, by Viv Albertine

Punk rock passed me by. I was young and stupid and snooty, and I thought it was poor stuff, produced by nasty boys. I had much better things to listen … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments



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