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.

In Conversation with: Steven Berkoff

Actor, author, playwright and theatre director Steven Berkoff was born in London in 1937. After studying Drama in London and Paris he performed with repertory companies before forming the London … Continue reading

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Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

Here on VL, we’re cheerfully cavalier about the way we throw our weeks together. Sometimes, we deliberately aim for a ‘Theme Week’. Sometimes,  they just sort of happen. Most times … Continue reading

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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

A few weeks before the birth of my daughter, I had a particularly bad patch of depression and anxiety. Lots of panic attacks, lots of hours too scared to get … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 7 Comments

All my Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews

by A. Bookfox It was the first time that we had sort of articulated our major problem. She wanted to die and I wanted her to live and we were … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Convert by Elizabeth Robins, ed. by Emelyne Godfrey

Vida Levering is a society beauty who finds herself at dinner party after social function where one of the hot topics of conversation is the rise of the Suffragettes. Perhaps … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Genius and the Goddess by Aldous Huxley

I have a slightly contrary instinct, it seems, to read non-famous books by famous authors. So this is now the second book I’ve read by Aldous Huxley (the first was … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Another week, another staggering array of books on Vulpes Libris. We have Suffragettes, difficult discussions about life and death, and someone who didn’t write about a Brave New World. Here’s what’s … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

William Shakespeare. Poetry selected by Ted Hughes.

This elegant book is part of a series published by Faber, of poetry selected by poets. So, we have for instance W B Yeats selected by Seamus Heaney, Ezra Pound … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Poetry of Cats, a collection

As an animal lover, I was really looking forward to this topical little volume. Boy, was I disappointed! For one thing, at least a fourth of the offerings were about … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

A poem found on the Road to Nowhere – Norman Nicholson’s ‘Rising Five’.

Millom in Cumbria was once a rural community with a scattered population that relied heavily on farming and fishing to scratch a living. All of that changed forever in the … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Jim Carruth’s Killochries

This is a poem to be read in an evening, a novella in half-lines of sparse words, of how a young man’s life gets changed because his mum Lizzie sends him … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to Vulpes Libris’ 7th Annual Poetry Week! We continue our tradition of spotlighting an often under-appreciated literary form. This year’s spring time salute ranges from rural life to Shakespeare … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

India, the late 1970s. Eight-year-old Ajay’s family is one of the many who chose to start a new life in America. For Ajay’s father this is a dream come true; we … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

All praise to Emily St. John Mandel!

Back in February, Bookfox Kirsty D posted a fine review of a truly excellent novel, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. Last night, Emily won the Arthur C Clarke Award, … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 1 Comment



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