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

Here it has been a stormy week. It has rained and rained, and the wind has blown, and the waters have risen, and the last of the pretty leaves have come down. Today’s photo just about sums up the whole of 2012 in the UK, but as you can see, we are soggy, and so are our stiff upper lips, but unbowed.

What better week (here in the Northern hemisphere, naturally) to curl up by a bright fire with a good book? We have a wide variety of suggestions for you – mystery, bandits and a memory of gorgeous summer holidays. And as a bonus extra, after the popularity of Michael Carley’s review of Sons of Thunder, we re-run another motorcycle classic. Not the weather for it, is it, though.

Monday: Jackie looks at a completely different side of Agatha Christie, in her memoir Come, Tell Me How You Live.

Wednesday: We look again at the strange, esoteric pleasures of the Workshop Manual, in Reverse of Disassembly.

Thursday: Kate is in the mountains with 19th-century Bulgarian bandits.

Friday: After scrapping in an unseemly fashion over who would review Phillipa Ashley’s new novel Miranda’s Mount, Hilary, Moira and Ticky decided to play nicely and share the honours.

Today’s image, of a wicker fox reflected in a puddle at the Cambridge Folk Festival, comes from the Flickr photostream of shaggy 359, and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence.

4 comments on “Coming up on Vulpes Libris

  1. Jackie
    November 26, 2012

    That is a really weird, and somewhat primal photo. The fact that it’s a reflection in a puddle makes it even more intriguing.

  2. Hilary
    November 26, 2012

    Yes, I hummed and hawed over it, wondering what others would make of it, but then I looked out of the window and thought it just about summed things up for 2012 – where I live, anyhow! I reckon it was a weird and rather primal fox altogether, reflected or not. A very clever shot, I thought.

  3. Phillipa Ashley
    November 26, 2012

    I love that photo but there is something …. disturbing about it.

  4. Moira
    November 27, 2012

    That is a very strange image. I like it … but it’s … deeply odd.

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