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.

Legion, the TV series

Since my family was too poor when I was growing up to afford comic books, I never got into them, though I have always read the comic pages in the … Continue reading

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April is a fickle and dangerous month here in the northern hemisphere (at least it is if you’re a gardener): a series of warm sunny days lull you into believing … Continue reading

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Voices of Scottish Librarians by Ian MacDougall

From 1883 to 1907, the industrialist and philanthropist  Andrew Carnegie provided funds to build public libraries in fifty seven Scottish local authorities. Donating sums that ranged from £50,000 to £1,000 … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Easter Break

The Foxes are unplugging the kettle, farming out the goldfish and shutting down the Den in order to go off and frivol over the Easter Break. Some of us have … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Woman Of Integrity, by J David Simons

Once again, J David Simons has written a novel that takes a wide sweep across the last century and this one, unravelling private secrets from a public life. The protagonists … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

1066 And All That by W C Sellar and R J Yeatman

I recently went for my first job interview in over a quarter of a century – for a position as tour guide at a local stately heap.* The job advert … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 10 Comments

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

One of the reasons I like this poem, which you can read here , is because it’s lighthearted. So much poetry is dark and deep, so it’s a lovely surprise … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

The bluebells and the wood anenomes in Hallerbos, a wood south of Brussels near Waterloo, are cranking up their colours. The daffodils in my garden are leaning at an angle … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction, by Timothy Lim

In an earlier post for VL, I enthused wildly about The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (see my exhortation here). And now I can wholeheartedly recommend a companion volume, … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ladybird Books

The Museum of English Rural Life is a fantastic small museum. It’s in Reading in the UK (part of the university), and has just reopened its exhibiting spaces after a … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 4 Comments

A Norfolk Literary Crossroads (a Vulpes Libris Random)

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel The Corner That Held Them (which I love with a passion – though it does divide opinion, as Bookfox Simon will attest) is set in the … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

This week on Vulpes Libris …

I don’t know what’s happening – meteorologically speaking – anywhere else on the planet, but at the moment as far as Scotland is concerned, the sky is a beautiful shade … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Victoria, the ITV/PBS series

May contain spoilers and irreverence. The ITV series Victoria recently concluded on PBS in the States and it seems like a good time to organize my feelings about it, which … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

Votan and Other Novels by John James

Paperback covers of the novels from the 1970s and 1980s, when they knew something about illustrations.  How do myths get started? What experiences point people towards explanations that draw from … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)