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.

Medic: Saving Lives from Dunkirk to Afghanistan by John Nichol and Tony Rennell

“War at its rawest is their domain, an ugly place of shattered bodies, severed limbs and death. Theirs is the most selfless of acts. They fulfil society’s vital pledge to … Continue reading

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Coming Up This Week

It’s the last week of summer. In the U.S., the new school year has already begun and that always signals that autumn is here, even if the sun is still … Continue reading

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Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest

Poetry is not, usually, my thing. This feels like a terrible confession from someone with both undergraduate and postgraduate literature degrees, but there we are. I’m a novel gal. I … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

14th Century Bookfoxes – a Vulpes Libris Random

Tumblr, where it is not akin to a seething pit of vipers, contains some absolute gems. One of them has the title Discarding Images. It exists to share with us … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Rude and rowdy Roman poets

Guest reviewer Colin Fisher has been reading Roman poetry ….  We all, I am sure, have images of Ancient Rome – the Empire and the city. Mine are probably a … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ferney by James Long

I was recommended Ferney (1998) by James Long and awfully long time ago by my friend Carol, and was lucky enough to get a copy given to me by my friend … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh

The Great Reformer is a substantial book. 480 pages in the new UK paperback edition, including notes, acknowledgements and a thorough overview of the sources, this biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s another week of variety here at Vulpes Libris – where else will you find posts about a pope, some Roman poets, and a couple who reincarnate in Somerset, all … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Humument. A treated Victorian novel, by Tom Phillips RA

A coda to this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy was a final room wholly devoted to the project of almost 50 years (and counting) by Tom Phillips RA, … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Secrets of the Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts has published over 80 books, including a dozen Sunday Times best sellers, and sold more than 10 million copies. He’s the best-selling writer you’ve never heard of  but … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

It is relatively seldom that I pay money for a new hardback, unless it’s a gift for someone – but with Martin Edwards’ The Golden Age of Murder, I decided that … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 10 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

We’ve got the Golden Age of Murder, ghost writers, and an altered Victorian novel for you this week on Vulpes Libris. Don’t say we’re not good to you! Here’s what’s coming … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vulpes Random: On recording a podcast for The Guardian

So, a couple of days ago, my book came out. It’s about conservative popular fiction, which I’ve spent many decades reading and studying, and trying to teach, though getting permission to … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nan Shepherd’s The Quarry Wood

Nan Shepherd’s three novels – The Quarry Wood (1928), The Weatherhouse (1930 and A Pass in the Grampians (1933) – were reprinted by Canongate in the 1990s with her memoir … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · Leave a comment



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