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.

The Incident of the Poem at the Festival

It wasn’t my fault. I was eight years old, a natural mimic and I always did as I was told. The only thing I remember about the whole affair is the … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Star Cops … Shining a light into the darkness.

The late 1980s were a dark time for television science fiction: Blake’s 7 was but a dim memory, Dr Who was rapidly self-destructing and Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn’t … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

This week on Vulpes Libris …

April is a fickle and dangerous month here in the northern hemisphere (at least it is if you’re a gardener): a series of warm sunny days lull you into believing … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Easter Break

The Foxes are unplugging the kettle, farming out the goldfish and shutting down the Den in order to go off and frivol over the Easter Break. Some of us have … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

1066 And All That by W C Sellar and R J Yeatman

I recently went for my first job interview in over a quarter of a century – for a position as tour guide at a local stately heap.* The job advert … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 10 Comments

This week on Vulpes Libris …

I don’t know what’s happening – meteorologically speaking – anywhere else on the planet, but at the moment as far as Scotland is concerned, the sky is a beautiful shade … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · 5 Comments

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – by Frederick Douglass

He who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me. He who is … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Beyond the Northlands by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

‘In the centuries that followed the sacking of Lindisfarne, Norse ships of oak and iron transported these northern voyagers to all corners of the medieval word  and beyond, where they … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

‘Ada Sibelius is twelve years old and home-schooled. Her days are spent in a lab with her father Daivd – a computer science professor – and the brilliant minds of … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

In her 1912 novel The Reef , Edith Wharton – that uncomfortably shrewd observer of the human condition – produced one of the finest descriptions of ‘life’ I’ve ever read. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

New Grub Street by George Gissing

Scholarly, anxious Edwin Reardon had achieved a precarious career as the writer of serious fiction. On the strength of critical acclaim for his fourth novel, he has married the refined … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 4 Comments

From All of Us, to All of You …

  And that’s it for this year. The Book Foxes have exchanged presents and cards and are off to their individual lairs to celebrate the coming festive season, each in … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary – Peter Gilliver

The OED. There can’t be many publications which are routinely referred to just by their initials, and it’s a measure of the stature of the Oxford English Dictionary that those … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 5 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

History is more comfortably viewed from a distance. Living through it as it’s actually happening is always disquieting and often alarming because no-one likes to see the familiar and safe being shifted out of … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

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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.)