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.
This is my first ever time writing the Coming Up post and I’ve gone and thrown a theme week at the same time. Well, a theme week in the loosest sense of the word. I thought it would be fun to host a Shelf of Shame week – that is, the foxes will be looking over their bookshelves with some embarrassment , and picking the books they feel they really ought to have read by now… and letting you know what they think.
I envisaged it being neglected authors, but it turns out those other foxes are so well read that they had to pick neglected books instead. We’re hoping Shelf of Shame becomes a recurring week – do let us know which authors/books you’re a little ashamed of having thus far not read…
On Monday, we hear how Kate has been reading Charles Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop, and likes it, with reservations.
On Tuesday, I (Simon) realise(s) he can’t call himself an interwar expert without having read Christopher Isherwood… and doesn’t know what to think.
On Wednesday, Jackie tilts at Tennyson’s epic poem The Princess and finds a surprisingly modern message.
On Thursday, Hilary, although she always behaves as though she had, confesses that she has never read George Orwell’s The Road To Wigan Pier, and, feeling chastened, gives it a go.
And on Friday, guest fox Marie looks at Measure For Measure, one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays.