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.

self-published art books

Like many artists, I’ve fantasized about seeing my paintings in a glossy book. But that honor seems to be reserved for 2 types of artists, the famous ones, obviously and … Continue reading

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Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

The thrortnight of Alternative Publishing has reached Week 2, and we are revving it up. Four posts this week on authors and publishers who don’t do it the usual way, … Continue reading

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In Conversation with: Penelope Farmer

Today we’re delighted to welcome the author Penelope Farmer to Vulpes Libris. With a writing career spanning five decades and a backlist that includes the children’s classics Charlotte Sometimes and … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Goodnight Ophelia by Penelope Farmer

“There can’t be too many people, especially of my age, who find out who they are via Wikipedia.” Read any of the myriad self-help books on How to Become a … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

Publishing your novel yourself, the way you want it

VL: We begin the Vulpes Libris theme thrortnight* on alternative publishing with an interview with someone who’s been and actually done it. Some weeks ago I reviewed Peter Kennedy’s first novel, Fishermen’s … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 7 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris:

ALTERNATIVE PUBLISHING EVENT Monday the 13th of April to Friday the 1st of May In the last decade, the world of publishing has undergone a seismic shift. Once not so … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

UKYA Day – Interview with Leila Rasheed

Hurray, it’s UKYA Day! This event was organized by Queen of Contemporary Lucy Powrie.  Lucy has an amazing blog where she champions books of all kinds, by authors of all … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Designing and Making Hats and Headpieces–by Judy Bentinck

It’s Easter Monday. That means school’s out and I get to review a book about hats. It also means I get to play the ‘Tell us something about yourself that … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Easter break for Vulpes Libris

It IS Spring out there. Really, it is. It’s pouring with rain, but the rain is soft, the air is mild, the flowers are beginning to bring colour to the … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Vulpes Libris Random. Cotton to Gold – Exhibition at II Temple Place

This is a review of a building, an exhibition, and a couple of catalogues. Two Temple Place is a spectacular medieval fantasy of a mansion, located on the Embankment. It … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The epigraph of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane comes from an interview with the late children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak: “I remember my own childhood vividly… … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

adventures around the globe: recent nonfiction

Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod This is the book that Eat, Pray, Love wanted to be, filled with adventure, romance and wisdom. The author scrimps and saves at her high … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Spring is here! At least, that’s what the calendar is telling us. The elements have been putting on a show too, with Northern Lights, an eclipse, a Super-Moon and a … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Nicola Humble’s Culinary Pleasures

I missed Nicola Humble’s cookbook phase because she published the results of her seven years of research on the history of the British cookbook outside the academic cabbage patch, with a … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 3 Comments



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