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.
“The past”, wrote L P Hartley, “is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. And the past is very much where we’re headed this week on Vulpes Libris: from a re-imagined 1950s to the troubled Gavin Maxwell (yes, he of ‘Ring of Bright Water’ fame) via a plea for the printed word and a splendidly-named British secret agent popular in the latter half of the last Century … Retro Rocks!
Monday: Sharon enjoys CJ Sansom’s tense political thriller set in a re-imagined 1950s – Dominion.
Tuesday: Alan Cleaver – who is organizing the wonderfully titled “Last Writes” exhibition in Cumbria this April – asks: “Are we sleepwalking into a digital future full of ebooks and iPads?”.
Wednesday: Kate decides that Johnny Fedora is better than Bond.
Friday: Hilary reminds herself of an almost forgotten figure of her childhood, Gavin Maxwell, with Maxwell’s Ghost: an Epilogue to Camusfearna by Richard Frere.
(The photograph of the splendidly retro Fox Theatre in Chicago is courtesy of Ian Ransley Design and Illustration on Flickr, and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.)