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.

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

Books about cats are quite difficult to get right. Even for dyed-in-the-fur cat-lovers, plenty of the feline narratives out there are too fey. I have to confess to struggling with Paul … Continue reading

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Coming Up This Week

At first glance, we seem to have an animal filled week, but Dragonhold is really a place, not a corral for dragons, unfortunately. So what we really have is a … Continue reading

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Todd McCaffrey’s Dragonholder

I wanted to read Todd McCaffrey’s memoir of Anne McCaffrey because I was captivated by her novels when I was a teenager. But the last time I reread one, I was … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Art of Coarse Acting. 50th Anniversary Edition, by Michael Green

How delighted I was to see a new edition of one of my favourite books in the window of Samuel French, theatrical booksellers! Especially as I have no idea where … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times by Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor is a well-respected historian and writer, and is a Professor at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of several books, including an award-winning work on … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Wild Boys: Inigo, written and directed by Jonathan Moore, White Bear Theatre Kennington

NB: As this is a historical play, and closely follows the autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, there seemed no sense in avoiding spoilers. If you don’t … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

It is not often that one can say ‘From the Sublime to the Ridiculous’ and really, really mean it, literally every word. This week is one of those vanishingly rare … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Christ Stopped At Eboli, by Carlo Levi

I’m continuing to explore my newly-found obsession with Italy (having discovered how pathetically little I know about a country that is coming to mean so much to me). Christ Stopped … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

Storm Jameson

You wait for ages for a biography of Storm Jameson, and then two come along, more or less at once. Jennifer Birkett’s Margaret Storm Jameson: A Life came out in … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Grand Budapest Hotel,

Watching a Wes Anderson movie is like being in a parallel universe. It’s not an extremely different place, as in many sci-fi movies, but one that’s recognizable with types of … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s all about extraordinary places and people this week on Vulpes Libris, as the Foxes set in about all manner of strange and wonderful things. Monday Just in time for next … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cormoran Strike mysteries by Robert Galbraith

Unlike most people, I haven’t read the Harry Potter books, so when my local book group did The Cuckoo’s Calling last year, I went into it with an open mind. … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne

Nowadays, The Red House Mystery is likely to provoke the words “I didn’t know A.A. Milne wrote a detective novel”; back in the day, you’d have been more likely to hear … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · 7 Comments

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, trans. by David Bellos

First things first: I made a small error in yesterday’s Coming Up post. This isn’t a Pushkin Classic, as it was only published in its original French a couple of … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 2 Comments



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