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.
On the 18th of October 2007, a disparate group of social misfits with nothing much in common except natural curiosity, the gift of the gab and an enthusiasm for books that bordered on the obsessive shuffled self-consciously into view, blinked in the unaccustomed glare of public scrutiny and introduced themselves to a largely uninterested world as Vulpes Libris – The Book Foxes.
Had you suggested to us then that our strangely-named little home in cyberspace would still be operational, let alone attracting a healthy and growing readership, seven years down the road, we would have looked at you oddly and wandered off to find our slippers and put the kettle on.
But here we still are … still reading, still reviewing and still feeling slightly worried when someone tells us they’ve bought a book on the strength of one of our reviews.
So – whether you call by several times a week, or only fetch up here when you’ve nothing better to do – thank you for your company. We do it primarily because we enjoy it, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun without you …
To celebrate our seventh birthday, this week’s reviews are exclusively of books first published in that fine and auspicious year, 2007:
Monday: Jackie finds a story about ordinary people has extraordinary depths in The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.
Tuesday: Kate is wowed by rereading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.
Thursday: Moira is seduced by the creatures of the night in Sukhdev Sandhu’s Night Haunts.
Friday: Kirsty D wonders why she waited so long to read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Saturday: Leena experiences a bit of a déjà-vu with Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson.
(The photograph of ‘John Crane Classic Block Number 7’ is from Leo Reynold’s photostream on Flickr and is reproduced under a Creative Commons licence.)