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.

Re-reading Lorca in Andalucía

When Bookfox Jackie declared the latest Poetry Week on Vulpes Libris, I had my response ready made. I had just been on holiday in Andalucía, and it had inspired me … Continue reading

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Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to our 8th Annual Poetry Week! Along with warming temperatures, blossoming trees and gardens filled with new plants and flowers, spring also brings our focus on verse. It seems … Continue reading

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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Most of the poems I’ve done for this week in the past have been thoses I’ve liked for decades. Though I’ve enjoyed Maya Angelou’s work for years, I had never … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

A thousand intermediate shades of grey.

I’m sixty years old. I don’t tell you this to elicit sympathy or admiring cries of ‘Gosh, you don’t look it!’, I tell you so that you’ll have some idea … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 10 Comments

Where Was Wych Street? A Vulpes Libris Random

My life is governed by coincidence. About a week ago I was due to go to the theatre in London (The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess – hilariously … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · 8 Comments

Why I’m reading all 13 volumes of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage

This began as a replacement Christmas present. The Fitbit-type gadget I got for Christmas failed to sync with my phone, contra its advertising. After much struggle we got the money back and … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

How can you not like a book containing the line “I fix myself a hot chocolate because it is a gateway drug to reading” ? And that’s just in the … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up On Vulpes Libris

Short – long – short this week (isn’t that reminiscent of SOS? Wholly inappropriate though, for what we have to offer you. No escape routes needed). Jackie on Monday and … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Karl Marx by Francis Wheen

Francis Wheen’s book about Karl Marx – described by some as the father of communism, is part of an oeuvre by an author and journalist with an established reputation for … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Full disclosure from the off: I am longstanding blogging friends with the author of this book, and also an admirer of his earlier fiction (sequels to E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

  There are fashions with book titles, just as with most things, and right now ‘girl’ seems to be the word book marketers think will induce us to part with … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Erm, where did the summer come from? Suddenly – in Oxford, at least – it’s turned into a blaze of sunshine and summeriness. Now this, of course, is an excuse … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

English Eccentrics by Edith Sitwell

Reviewed by Diana Birchall. Diana recently retired from the movie business, where she was a story analyst at Warner Bros, reading novels to see if they’d make movies. This was … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · 8 Comments

Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

This is the first Colm Tóibín novel I’ve read. I’ve been circling around his books for some years, after hearing (and liking very much) his readings aloud on radio and … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 5 Comments



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