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.

Shtum by Jem Lester

Shtum by Jem Lester isn’t out for a while but it’s one of those books you have to share immediately. As you’re reading your feelings are getting more and more … Continue reading

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Coming up this week

A little startled by the rushing past of time and the arrival of December (where did it come from? weren’t we just having August?) the Bookfoxes are listening and looking this week, hearing … Continue reading

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Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming

I’m not usually one for celebrity autobiographies. There are so many of them, generally with very little to say. Every so often, though, one comes along that seems to sit … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Pickle Index

Before I begin, here’s a few things you need to know about Eli Horowitz. Eli Horowitz is a self-taught carpenter Eli Horowitz founded a publishing company Eli Horowitz wants to … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Better Than Life by Daniel Pennac

I love books about books, and particularly books about reading. I seem to be on rather a run of them at the moment, and quite a few of them seem … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Max at Night by Ed Vere

Way back in 2011, I reviewed a book here called Mr Big, written and illustrated by the very talented Ed Vere. It had delighted – and still delights – my … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 11 Comments

Coming Up This Week

Is it Christmas yet? Well, is it? (No, it’s not.) But what it is is a lovely November week filled with the usual wide range of Vulpes Libris literary tastes. We’ve … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

Anyone who has read Jonathan Coe knows that he has a knack for exposing the particular absurdity of a certain type of Brit, because we in the UK have all … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Home Fires

The reason I began watching this program was because of the stars: Francesca Annis, who though no longer the spritely temptress of Lillie Langtry, still commands the screen and Samantha … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Jewel Garden – Monty and Sarah Don

A Story of Despair and Redemption ‘A wave of intense sadness soaked through me. I felt completely alone. I sat quietly for a minute or two gathering myself, unable to … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Coming Up This Week

This late autumn week has the Foxes expressing their fondness for some books and television shows that they enjoy. It could be an attempt to stay out of the newly … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Practising History by Barbara Tuchman

Barbara Tuchman is my favorite historian and I was sorry when she herself passed into history in 1989. Thankfully, she left a good-sized body of work and I have read … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Nuns Read. Books and Libraries in Medieval English Nunneries, by David N Bell

For National Academic Book Week. In 1995, a book was published by Cistercian Publications, number 158 in its Cistercian Studies series, that on the face of it was a specialised … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 3 Comments

Dispatches from the college library

I’ve been very quiet on here recently. This is because I’m in the fifth week of a BA in Theology, and three essays per fortnight does not leave a lot … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 2 Comments



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