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.

On Vulpes Libris this week: it’s National Academic Book week!

foxIt’s National Academic Book Week in the UK this week, an initiative planned by the researchers on The Academic Book of the Future project, and participated in by many of the UK’s bookshops and universities.  Many of us Bookfoxes at Vulpes Libris are keen on academic books, because they can be splendidly entertaining, admirable, stirring, and change how we think. They deliver a shot of intellectual adrenalin that fuels the mind and recharges the spirit, and they are not all written in show-off clever-clever language. We hope to persuade you that the academic books we review this week – chosen for their re-readability, not because they make us sound intellectual –  are worth your consideration too.

Monday 9 November: Kate recalls the game-changing experience of reading John Carey’s The Intellectuals and The Masses.

Tuesday 10 November: Simon warmly recommends Nicola Humble’s excellent The Feminine Middlebrow Novel.

Wednesday 11 November: Kirsty M reflects on the business of studying theology.

Thursday 12 November Hilary puts the case for the importance of What Nuns Read, by David Bell.

Friday 13 November: Jackie will be reflecting on Practicing History by Barbara Tuchman.

This fine healthy-looking fox is the cover image from the Open Learn page from the British Open University course on biodiversity in urban habitats.

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 “On Vulpes Libris this week: it’s National Academic Book week!

  1. Michael Thomas
    November 8, 2015

    Kate, I’d recommend Affective Landscapes, ed, Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell and Robert Hudson. (That I have an essay in it is neither here nor…ok, it is…but it’s a great collection on the subject.) Best wishes, Michael

  2. Kate
    November 8, 2015

    haha! Christine is a long-time friend of mine …. and anything she writes or edits is going to be good.

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