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 Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

I confess that Mark Gatiss is one of my heroes, which is why I wanted to read this book. I admire the breadth of his career (he writes, he acts, … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

This is the tale of Harriet Baxter, who, after the death of her aunt in the late 1800s, goes to stay in Glasgow where by chance she makes the acquaintance … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 7 Comments

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I’m always a little wary of blockbusters. If I’m late to the party, I wonder if they can live up to the hype. Hype, for me, is the death knell … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean

The Golden Prince is Rebecca Dean’s take on the early years of Edward VIII. Apparently based on a real-life love affair Edward had at 23, Dean weaves a tale of … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque

Despite its famous title, it had never occurred to me to look up this book until I happened upon it in the library one day. I thought that it might … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · 7 Comments

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Those who know me and who are familiar with the books I love and review favourably will not be shocked to discover that I loved this book. I love baggy … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Before the Book Foxes sign off for 2011, let it not be said that we don’t know how to leave with a bang! We’ve a packed week for you, so … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons

At this time of year, I like to suggest books that you might enjoy snuggled up by the fire, with a mug of hot chocolate and hand-knitted socks. This is … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 7 Comments

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

I am a great Shakespeare fan (as my post during last year’s Shakespeare Week proved) but the question of authorship has never really been of much interest to me. I … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · 19 Comments

War Horse: Stage vs. Page

This year I saw War Horse on stage at the New London Theatre. It went immediately to the top of the list of best plays I’d ever seen. I would … Continue reading

November 7, 2011 · 6 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

If you’re still feeling chilly after a night out watching the fireworks, might I suggest a mug of hot chocolate while you curl up with this week’s offerings? From stage … Continue reading

November 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Calling everyone who has been enjoying the summer’s final fling: time to come back inside, folks. That’s right, we’re now heading swiftly towards the winter. Nights are drawing in, there’s … Continue reading

October 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

What I love about The Camomile Lawn is how it challenges our perceptions. When we look back at the 1940s, we make certain assumptions about the way people behaved and … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · 4 Comments

When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

In 1968, “The year Paris took to the streets. The year of the Tet offensive. The year Martin Luther King lost his life for a dream,” Eleanor Maud Portman is … Continue reading

September 29, 2011 · 5 Comments



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