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.

Colour. The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts.

Illuminated manuscripts are a beautiful enigma. Unlike the paintings on walls and the images on stained glass and embroidered garments, the spectacular images they contain remain hidden until the volume … Continue reading

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Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Autumn is waning, and on Thursday the (meteorological, northern hemisphere) winter will hit with its usual icy gut-punch, and many of the Bookfoxes will take shelter and curl up under … Continue reading

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Nine St Andrew’s Night Novels

St Andrew’s Night is the lesser-known Scottish cultural festival. The big one is, of course, Burns’ Night, on 25 January, and is usually a feast, with poetry and music. St … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 6 Comments

Indian Summers

May contain spoilers. The series finale of this ITV/PBS show recently aired in the U.S. after only two seasons, which was disappointing, but falling ratings and expensive filming in Malaysia … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

I recently re-read The Victorian Chaise-Longue for a podcast I recorded on the topic (shameless plug for it – check out ‘Tea or Books?’ if you want to hear it compared … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams – Alan Cumming

Last year I listened to the unabridged audio version of Alan Cumming’s memoir Not My Father’s Son. It was an incredibly moving book about the abuse he suffered at the hands … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Books to Distract Us

The appalling U.S. election and some sad events in our personal lives have left the Book Foxes looking for diversions and of course, our main method would involve books. We … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 5 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As I write this, the temperature is dropping outside and our first snow of the season is forecast for my area. Just in time for all the people traveling to … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Upon seeing this book at the library, I was intrigued by the quirky characters, and it does have them, but there’s also a sweet story too. Not a sappy story, … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Autumn – Ali Smith

“All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The magnificence of Maurice Druon

We have a new BookFox, Colin Fisher, whose reviews have graced our pages for several years. In his first review as a full member of the Vulpes Libris den, he … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

History is more comfortably viewed from a distance. Living through it as it’s actually happening is always disquieting and often alarming because no-one likes to see the familiar and safe being shifted out of … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs–edited by Elizabeth Knowles

It’s November and – in my part of the northern hemisphere at least – the weather is behaving accordingly, with horizontal  sleet, freezing temperatures and a wind scything straight off … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Granny, what did daddy do in the war?


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