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.

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

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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

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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

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Catalan-Spanish writer, who has done much to popularise literature in translation in many Anglophone cultures, including the UK, where the book scene is reputed to … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

When John Grisham’s novels first came out, I would read them like everyone else and then quickly forget them. They were the literary equivalent of eating a meal at McDonald’s, … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week

We’re cooking with gas this week on Vulpes Libris! On Monday, Jackie follows John Grisham’s evolution through Gray Mountain. On Wednesday, Sharon enjoys a novel set in Spain before the civil war. … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Schubert’s Winter Journey. Anatomy of an Obsession, by Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge has sung Schubert’s monumental song-cycle Winterreise in public performance at least 100 times in the past 30 years. This exquisite book is the result of all his study … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Here’s Looking at You: a conversation about Casablanca

Once upon a time, entirely by accident and when they were discussing something completely different (like Father Ted), Bookfoxes Kirsty and Moira discovered that they had a shared love of the 1942 … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 7 Comments

Vonda McIntyre’s The Moon and the Sun

You know how it is when you had a favourite author, and millions of years later you wouldn’t be able to name her as a favourite, if asked cold, but … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

Grand obsessions, wondrous happenings, clashes of titans and changes of heart. It’s a week of high drama here on Vulpes Libris. On Tuesday, Kate marvels at the tale of Louis XIV … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Nail, by Stephen Cottrell

I first became aware of Stephen Cottrell as a writer (rather than as the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford) late last year, when I reviewed his Advent book, Walking Backwards to … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · 1 Comment



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