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.
‘Three fine days and a thunderstorm’ – thus did King George the Second perceptively define a British summer in the 18th Century, demonstrating that very little has changed, meteorologically speaking, in the intervening three hundred years – because this week we’ve been enjoying some thunderstorms and flash floods of biblical proportions. Our own dear Queen celebrates her ‘official’ birthday in June not exactly because the weather is better than it is in April, but because the rain is warmer – which is why the revellers on the Mall today, celebrating Her Maj’s 90th birthday (and the Duke’s 95th), have been issued with free rain ponchos. We are a nation genetically programmed to eat sandwiches in the rain and a little thing like a downpour won’t stop us enjoying our pork pies and raspberry jelly.
None of which has anything whatsoever to do with what’s coming up this week, which are: a slightly unexpected ‘Vulpes Revisited’, a smelly and dilapidated Venice, and the meaning of life, the universe and everything (and the first person who yells ‘Forty-two!’ will be summarily ejected and blocked).
Monday: A blast from the past … a popular post from our archives, vividly demonstrating just how widely we’ve always spread our reviewing net.
Wednesday: Moira is transported to an overwhelmingly real Venice by Janet Todd’s psychologically acute and genre-bending first novel A Man of Genius.
Friday: Cath on Origins of the Universe and What it All Means: A Memoir by Carole Firstman.
(Photo credit: I’m sure the excellent Diabetes UK won’t mind me purloining their photograph of their happily drenched volunteers on the Mall this lunchtime from their Twitter feed … )