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The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett

This is how it all began. Long before The Silent History became a book, it was an app. Buy the app, download it to your iPhone or iPad and once … Continue reading

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This week on Vulpes Libris…

As I write this I’m watching a squirrel in my garden. He or she (it’s hard to tell from this distance) is hopping across the grass burying whatever it’s been … Continue reading

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Lucy Ladybird by Sharon King-Chai

This is a repost of a VL Classic of a children’s book worthy of more attention. This is a serious site. In fact, in some quarters, it has a reputation … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I’m never one to turn down a party, even hen parties set in the middle of nowhere would have me packing my gladrags and a cocktail shaker. But after reading … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen’s columns used to be reprinted in my local newspaper each week and I always enjoyed them, so when she broadened out into the longer forms of novels and … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Novella Award: the WINNAH!

Well, what a contest. We knew the result on Wednesday, because for reasons unknown (and, frankly, highly prejudicial to our locked-in reviewing schedule) the announcement of the winner of the … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Novella Award Shortlist: In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson & Kevin Parry’s When it was Raining

In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson Reviewed by Cath  I’m going to confess to a little impatience with magical realism as a genre, probably because in the wrong hands it … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Novella Award shortlist: Nina Allan’s The Harlequin, & Zoe Ranson’s The Year of the Horse

The Harlequin by Nina Allan  Reviewed by Simon When I was offered the choice of these novellas, my eye was drawn to the words ‘after World War One’ and ‘Oxford’ … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Novella Award shortlist: Alex Christie’s Motherland, & Brian Petkash’s Mistakes By The Lake

Motherland by Alix Christie review by Jackie It’s April 2004 and Petra’s grandmother asks her to take them both to a place where she worked as a young girl at … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Novella Award shortlist: Michael Wyndham Thomas’s Esp

Michael Wyndham Thomas has not, as far as I can work out from a lot of elderly websites, featuring his poetry, music and short stories, yet published a novel. (UPDATE: … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Children’s literature: for white children only?

By Leila Rasheed Leila Rasheed is a children’s author. She also teaches creative writing in a variety of contexts including at the University of Warwick. Independently, she has developed and … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 19 Comments

Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris: Prizes, lots of prizes!

This week, we’re focusing on literary competitions. We first give a trumpet voluntary for a new initiative for black, Asian, minority and ethnic writing, spearheaded by YA novelist Leila Rasheed. Then we launch … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi – Take 2

A Vulpes Libris Classic. When Bookfox Kate suggested that we take a week to consider the current refugee crisis, I could not help remembering reading Persepolis and the particular impact … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

We Refugees by Benjamin Zephaniah

When I was reading some new poems recently, I was struck by how this one showed the universality of people displaced from their homeland. The news reports make refugees into … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 6 Comments



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