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.
One of the pleasures of compiling the coming up post is the hunt for a suitable illustration. This week, while looking for a fox in autumn (you know me, original as ever), I came across this irresistible photo of the Reading Flying Group’s biplane Fox Mike flying over the most gorgeous autumn landscape you could wish for. Not only is there the pleasing pun in the Flying Group’s title (it comes from the eponymous large town west of London, for the benefit of our readers outside the UK), but it’s also a perfect image for a week in which we survey a wide sweep of the literary landscape in a variety of genres and media.
Monday: Kate celebrates the republication of Angela Thirkell’s Pomfret Towers, and the first appearance of her short stories, in Christmas at High Rising.
Tuesday: Kirsty D reads Alice Munro’s Dear Life, and understands more than ever why she won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year.
Wednesday: RosyB quizzes comedy writer Raymond Friel about debut novel, Animal Lover.
Thursday: We take a look at the first full-length study of a now forgotten dancing partnership – The Astaires: Fred and Adele by Kathleen Riley.
Friday: Comrade Kirsty scares the crap out of herself yet again with a favourite ghost story (or is it?): Oliver Onions’ The Beckoning Fair One.
Saturday: Jackie compares the new hardback edition of The Journal of the American Revolution with the website that inspired it.
Today’s image, Fox Mike over autumn landscape, comes from the Flickr photostream of Geoff Collins (GJC1), and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence. Clicking on the image will load the source page.