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.

How English Became English by Simon Horobin

A Short History of a Global Language. (TRIGGER WARNING: Some of what follows could cause high blood pressure, nose bleeds and red haze in sensitive individuals.) Some people get terribly … Continue reading

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Coming Up This Week

At this time of year in America, pumpkin spice flavor is taking over. Everything you can possibly imagine has been drenched in pumpkin spice, from the lattes that started the … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Manga

Guest reviewer Lucy talks us through Japanese manga comics, how to choose, and where to buy them. Manga is, put quite simply, any comic created in Japan. The term has … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Two Travel Books

With circumstances being what they are, I am unable to travel, so I very much enjoy reading about other people’s adventures. Here are two longtime favorites and their latest offerings. … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

As for me, if I stumble, the mercies of God shall be my eternal salvation. If I stagger because of the sin of flesh, my justification shall be by the … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of the biggest surprises of this year’s literary prize season. Published by small Scottish imprint Contraband, it’s turned out to be … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Requiem of the Rose King, by Kanno Aya

Guest reviewer Lucy takes us through a manga retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Henry VI. Notes have been added in brackets to keep a grip on historical events. Requiem of … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

This week on Vulpes Libris …

Here in the UK, overnight temperatures are starting to dip into single figures and mornings are dawning cool and misty. Autumn is upon us with a vengeance and just as … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Flâneuse, by Lauren Elkin

As soon as I saw this book I knew that reading it was a must, as a companion to Edmund White’s masterly Flâneur, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Lauren … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice

Due to circumstances entirely beyond her control, Kirsty has had to postpone her piece on the discoveries in the Qumran Caves until another day. So we’ve had a delve in … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I have spent many hours walking in the last few months. My son, now seven months old, had a fairly long phase of only reliably napping in hid pram and … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

I’ve recently returned to the Book Fox fold after a few months away on maternity leave, and I must say that it’s lovely to be back. With a four year … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

archy and mehitabel – a buyers’ guide

actually i think that should be archy and mehitabel a buyers guide as poor little archy couldn t shift the keys to insert any capitals or punctuation so in homage … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Stoker: The Life of Hilda Matheson, OBE

If you are keen on Bloomsbury and its ramifications, you may already know that Hilda Matheson (1888-1940) was Vita Sackville West’s lover between 1929 and 1931. She wrote to Vita … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 2 Comments



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