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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.

These lazy, hazy, crazy days …

The Book Foxes have been excessively busy over the last few months, both in bringing you the cutting-edge book reviews you love (and sometimes hate), and in the exciting personal and business lives we all secretly, or not so secretly, lead. So we thought it was high time to give ourselves, and possibly you, a well-earned break and to allow you to catch up with the huge reading list you’ve no doubt developed from our postings.

We also rather fancied a couple of weeks messing about on the beach depicted, and really can you blame us? In our hearts, we’re already there.

But, to keep you ticking over, here’s a snapshot of the delights ahead for you when we’re back on your screens (as it were) on Sunday 14 August with our Coming Up post (please don’t eat all the ice cream, or indeed the daisies, while we’re gone …):

Lisa on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (her comments so far: what a book!)

Kirsty does Rowan Williams (the Archbish, not to be confused with Rowan Atkinson, even though they’ve both had experience of taking church weddings, of a sort) who does, in the nicest possible way, Teresa of Avila

David Boyd on TS Eliot

Anne looks at gatecrashers, marriage both gay and straight, and princes but possibly not all at the same time, although, hmmm, actually now I come to think about it … no! Stop right there! I really can’t take another injunction …

Enjoy your hols, and keep reading!

(The photo above is called “Girls” and is from the photography site, Stock.Xchng. The photographer is Rafael Reverte, who is on LinkedIn.

About annebrooke

Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds, and in the allotment attempting to grow vegetables. She also loves the theatre and is a keen fan of crosswords and sudokus, as long as they're not too hard! Her websites can be found at:,, and (for fantasy fiction).

6 comments on “These lazy, hazy, crazy days …

  1. Hilary
    July 31, 2011

    Happy Hols to all the Foxes, and all our readers!

  2. Jackie
    July 31, 2011

    Is that a volcano in the distance? We don’t have those on Lake Erie.
    Very amusing post, Anne. 🙂

  3. annebrooke
    July 31, 2011

    Thanks, Jackie! And ooh, very possibly – I hadn’t noticed that! 🙂


  4. Harry Barnes
    August 7, 2011

    I have placed this on your blog of 4 January 2011, but I’m also placing it here in case it is missed –

    I originate from Easington Colliery and was 14 years old when its pit disaster took place. My father was in the pit at the time but in a different seam from the explosion. Below is a thread about Easington which appears on a blog I run. But some items only touch briefly on Easington. The current first item is very lengthy and isn’t fully centred on Easington, but the second is about the recent 60th Anniversary Services of the disaster. Amongst a couple of the more relevant items are those posted on the 100th Anniversary of my late parents births. They lived at Easington for a total of 150 years. I went to Ryhope Grammar School which may be the one attended by Doug. I heard that an explosion had happened at the pit only on my way to school. One lad was called back home as his father was in the fateful seam. It was not until the school day was over that I knew for sure that my father was safe. It was the only topic of conversation as we speculated about what was happening. Something we knew-not-what in the days well before mobile phones, and only some of us were from Easington itself.

  5. Harry Barnes
    August 7, 2011

    Whoops. It was Hilary’s review.

  6. annebrooke
    August 7, 2011

    Fascinating stuff, Harry – I’ll make sure Hilary sees it! :))


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