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.

Coming up on Vulpes Libris – A rhino and a blue moose

RhinoYes, you read the title correctly, the Book Foxes are branching out to other members of the animal kingdom: Jackie reads about a globe-trotting rhino and I’m interviewing straight-talking Kevin Duffy of the exciting indie publisher, Bluemoose Books.

On another note, Book Foxes we are, and love books we do, but from time to time we read a book that leaves us feeling disappointed. Some of us throw such books aside halfway through, but a few of us persist right to the end and then come onto Vulpes Libris to review them. This week we have some distinctly ‘mixed’ reviews.

We also have a write-up of Moira’s experiences at the RNA annual conference, an event so magnificent that it has already been extensively documented in the annals of Twitter.

Monday 3 – Jackie goes along on Clara’s Grand Tour by Glynis Ridley, the true story of a rhino’s travels around Europe in the eighteenth century.

Tuesday 4 – Anne finds herself rather irritated by Chris Cleave’s The Other Hand and suspects she might have been better off sticking to the first hand …

Wednesday 5 – Sam is a little worried by just how romantic he finds Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince.

Thursday 6 – Following on from the interview with Jamie Byng of Canongate Books, Lisa interviews Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books and discusses (amongst other things) the state of the British book industry and what can be done to improve it.

Friday 7 – Moira reports on the annual conference of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, with a theory about a rupture in the space-time continuum somewhere on the A66 west of Penrith.

Saturday 8 – Anne discovers that Vanessa Gebbie’s Words from a Glass Bubble is best taken with a pinch of salt.

I spotted these rhinos strutting around Florida and luckily I had my camera to hand. Perhaps they were doing the Grand American tour?

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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.)
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