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 for the last week in May

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week began with at least two highly publicised mass murders, in Santa Barbara and in Brussels, by people who thought only of themselves and their own importance. I’m glad that the books we had already chosen for this week all affirm the solid virtue of unsung lives doing good things for other people. I doubt whether self-obsessed men with guns read book blogs, but the best we can do is say, look, here are lives worth living, people worth nurturing, stories to inspire more care for the lives of others, and to give some solace when the world is stricken. Enough of the heavy: we commend these books to you.

Monday: Kate goes for a daunder in Peter Ross’s columns for Scotland on Sunday and other fine organs of the Scottish press, in Daunderlust

Tuesday: Sharon reads a YA novel about teenage fatherhood, Malorie Blackman’s Boys Don’t Cry

Wednesday: Simon celebrates the wonderful Eudora Welty and her novel The Optimist’s Daughter

Friday: Kirsty M reviews Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen, a novel in which the heroine is quite literally lovesick

This foxglove grew unexpectedly in Kate’s garden this year.

About Kate

Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher, and publisher (, in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

2 comments on “Coming Up for the last week in May

  1. CFisher
    May 25, 2014

    Not often that an intro deserves a like but this one very clearly does. A little bit of balm to be applied to troubled souls.

  2. Sue Williams
    May 25, 2014

    Foxglove is my favorite flower. I recognized it right away and smiled because it was a different way of representing the Book Foxes. I wish one would unexpectedly grow in my garden. We did have one but my mother pulled it out!

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