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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.

Gone nibbling …


The Book Foxes are taking the week off so that they can concentrate on the important business of consuming vast amounts of chocolate, hot cross buns and simnel cake.

We will be back – renewed, reinvigorated and slightly more rotund than before – on Sunday the 15th.

We won’t be idle though:  in the coming weeks,  as well as our usual mix of reviews, features and guest pieces, we’ve got a couple of our popular ‘theme’ weeks lined up. One is our annual ‘Poetry’ week and the other a week (or possibly more, the way it’s shaping up) dedicated to eBooks.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re here to stay, and we going to take a good long look at them.  We’ve even started preliminary work on a super-mega-you-ain’t-seen-nuttin-like it ‘Swords and Sorcery’ theme week for the late Autumn (just in case you think we throw this stuff together on a whim …).

For the moment, though … a fox has gotta do what a fox has gotta do … even if it involves biting the ears off a chocolate bunny.  See you all on the 15th …


(The wonderful giant Easter Bunny was made by children  and displayed at Compton Verney a few years ago.  The photograph was taken by Rutty on Flickr and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.)

5 comments on “Gone nibbling …

  1. sshaver
    April 12, 2012

    Imagining how much the children must have loved that rabbit.

    What’s simnel cake?

  2. Moira
    April 12, 2012

    It’s a great rabbit, isn’t it? 🙂

    Simnel cake is traditional Easter fare in the UK … basically spiced fruit cake decorated with marzipan, usually with 12 marzipan balls to represent the 11 apostles (minus Judas) plus Jesus.

  3. Lisa
    April 13, 2012

    Why doesn’t Judas get represented by a marzipan ball? Or perhaps he could be represented by a gobstopper.

    P.S. I have had 30 Easters in the U.K. and have never tasted simnel cake, or even seen it. Is it nice? A bit rich maybe?

  4. Moira
    April 13, 2012

    I’m not a huge fan of fruit cake, Lisa – but I do quite like a good simnel cake. In very small doses. Yes, it’s a bit rich … but no more so than Christmas cake (which – er – I don’t like) … Think of the flavour of hot cross buns, and then turn it into a cake … and you’re getting close.

    And only good guys get marzipan balls. Let that be a lesson to us all. (There’s a whole weird and slightly obscene direction this conversation could now take, BUT WE’RE NOT GOING THERE.

  5. Lisa
    April 13, 2012

    NO, WE’RE NOT.

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