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 week is Authorial Ventriloquism Week, because the Bookfoxes have been reading books written by other people in the style of yet more other people, in the literary continuation industry. Authors who ventriloquise other authors are a peculiar bunch: do they write with their own voice peeping through? Do they immerse themselves completely? What kind of a fist do they make of imitation of the mighty writing voices of the past? And why do they do it? Monday 12 January: Kate reads Celebrated Sequels, to see whose novels Rachel Ferguson (she of The Brontes Went to Woolworths) wrote extra chapters for, and whose characters she brought up to date in 1934. Wednesday 15 January: Moira and Hilary debate whether Jill Paton Walsh succeeds in fulfilling their passion for all things Wimsey. Friday 17 January: Jackie compares the continuations of Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker, a study in contrasts. The photo of the ventriloquising coyotes is by Matt Knoth, featured on nextdoornature.org using a Creative Commons license.