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.

Brian W Aldiss on ‘Frankenstein’.

A special one-day event back in October at the Bodleian Library – Frankenstein Day – celebrated the launch of The Original Frankenstein, a ground-breaking new edition of the first and … Continue reading

December 4, 2008 · 6 Comments

Interview with a Fox: Moira

As an Occasional Fox, I only enter the Vulpes Libris den long enough for a quick sniff around before I’m off again foraging in bins and making screeching noises, so … Continue reading

November 1, 2008 · 11 Comments

The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville

It’s very tempting not to summarise the book at all, because there’s no way a summary could do this gem any justice. It is a story about some fairly low-key … Continue reading

August 29, 2008 · 12 Comments

At Seventeen by Celeste Walters

After I’d enjoyed the Australian classic, My Brilliant Career, I searched for a modern equivalent. This story, the fifth Young Adult novel by Celeste Walters, also features a seventeen-year-old girl … Continue reading

August 1, 2008 · 10 Comments

My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin

When I emigrated to Australia in May of this year, among the mixed feelings I had about leaving home was a sense of excitement about discovering new authors and an … Continue reading

June 25, 2008 · 13 Comments

Talking to Sarah Stovell

Part of Mother’s Day Week on Vulpes: a week of items on the themes of mothers and motherhood Sarah Stovell‘s debut novel, Mothernight, has just been published by Snowbooks. Eve … Continue reading

March 5, 2008 · 13 Comments

A Vengeful Longing by R.N. Morris

 It really is a case of Death By Chocolate at the start of the sequel to R. N. Morris’s elegant page-turner, A Gentle Axe, in which we were re-introduced to … Continue reading

January 7, 2008 · 17 Comments

Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine

For the second time this year (only the second time, I might say), a book that I was convinced I’d adore has fallen short of my expectations and I’ve been … Continue reading

December 4, 2007 · 5 Comments

Becoming Bindy Mackenzie / Jaclyn Moriarty

   When I read YA fiction, and like it, I find that I am either transported back to fifteen, utterly absorbed as my younger self, or I read it from … Continue reading

October 31, 2007 · 16 Comments



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