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.

Off The Leash by Matthew Gilbert

Picking up this book, I anticipated lots of stories about dogs playing at a city dog park, and there was that, but it was also insightful and philosophical. In fact, … Continue reading

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Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

It may look like spring out there, but it’s not very warm. The birds don’t care, the flowers don’t seem to, the cherry trees are busting out all over, but I’m in … Continue reading

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Who is Gillian Flynn and why does she hate women so much?

It takes a while sometimes to work out what you like and what you don’t like about a book. It took me a while to work out what I didn’t … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney

Padraig Rooney’s chatty wander through Swiss history and geography in The Gilded Chalet runs through a lifetime of reading, raking together all the interesting facts he’s collected about Switzerland and literature, … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories: From Lady Chatterley’s Lover to Howard Marks, by Thomas Grant.

Imagine the biography of a public figure: he is possibly the last living person who has met and mingled with the Bloomsbury set, being one of its youngest members. His … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

There’s a Shark in the Bath, by Sarah McIntyre

What would you do if you found a shark in your bath? Or a whole family of them? A bathroom adventure packed with sharks, sea creatures and silliness. As a … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

Collected Poems, by Ted Hughes

Today, Vulpes Libris welcomes Alan Parker, writer of our second chosen piece from our Write For Us! competition. Thank you, Alan! The Collected Poems of Ted Hughes There are books … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Today’s fox ought to be the elusive Thought Fox, as you will see, and here s/he is – a midnight fox, if not leaving footprints in the snow. It’s a … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Enemies of Promise, by Cyril Connolly

I’m treating the 1938 Club week as a Shelf of Shame opportunity to read a book that has long intrigued me: Cyril Connolly’s Enemies of Promise. I wanted to find out … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

VL Random-Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

When VL decided to participate in the celebration of all things published in 1938, I was curious to learn why that particular year was chosen. Bookfox Simon explained on his … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 4 Comments

Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker

Once I’d decided that Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker would be one of the books I read for the 1938 Club, I made a point of not reading … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 9 Comments

How We Went to Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

When I was perusing titles from 1938, in preparation for our latest theme week, I stumbled across this amusing short story and couldn’t resist reviewing it, though I don’t read … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week: The 1938 Club!

The 1938 Club is a blogging week that Our Simon and his blogging friends have organised, in which bloggers the world over are invited to post review of books published in … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

He’ll Never Get Rich: The Phil Silvers Show

I first saw an episode of The Phil Silvers Show, Nat Hiken’s 1950s army comedy, twenty years ago when it was still shown regularly on BBC Two. The episode was … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 10 Comments



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