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.
We’re back! Refreshed, rejuvenated, and planning to avoid chocolate for some weeks.
This week is a Theme Week, because, two hundred years, two weeks and two days ago, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated from power.So this week will be Napoleon Week, to study the remarkable career and extraordinary personality of this dominant politician, warlord and Emperor. I’m not saying we like him particularly, but the Book Foxes are fascinated by him.
Tuesday & Wednesday: Kirsty talks to Napoleon biographer Professor Michael Broers about history, productivity, institutions, and a certain old prejudice.
Thursday: The fascinating accounts of scientists and soldiers in Napoleon’s disastrous attempt to conquer Egypt makes Nina Burleigh’s Mirage riveting, in a VL Classic by Jackie.
Friday: Kate reads Simon Winder’s Germania, a rollicking history of all the areas of Europe once called Germany, with a particular interest in Napoleonic relics.