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 this week on Vulpes Libris

foxdrawI’m looking forward to doing some kicking of English leaves later today on the South Downs. I’m enjoying the start of the British university term as students all over the country, and on the campus where I’m working, knuckle down and start to learn. My own children are doing this too: it feels very odd regarding this kind of education through the eyes of a parent as well as a practitioner. But thankfully they are not studying anything I am remotely qualified to teach. My work there is confined to feeding my cubs as they crash around in the library learning to behave like proper Bookfoxes.

Monday 12 October: Simon puts a cautious foot into the world of modern literature, reading, for a change, a novel whose author is actually alive, Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing

Wednesday 14 October: Kate reads Ursula Buchan’s history of Second World War gardening, A Green and Pleasant Land

Friday 16 October: Cath reads Kathy Flann’s short story collection, Get a Grip.

The Victorian engraving of a fox doing some serious writing is by the taxidermist Hermann Ploucquet. See a fascinating and gruesome article on his ‘art’ at this link. Not for those who feel queasy looking at stuffed animals.



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.

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This entry was posted on October 11, 2015 by in Coming up this week, Entries by Kate.



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)
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