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.

Vulpes Random: Ebooks – Where are the Gatekeepers and Does it Matter?

Back in May 2012, we had a fortnight devoted to ebooks. I thought I’d resurrect Rosy’s post on the gatekeepers  (or lack thereof) of ebooks… There have been few subjects … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

“I wake to the sound of wind and rain scolding at the window. I can see from my bed a dirty brown rug of heather, mud and skeletal oak trees. … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Name is Emily: A Teenage Road Movie with an Incredible Back Story

Review from the Edinburgh Film Festival 2016 At film festivals, films may be shown fleetingly – maybe two public showings in total. So, Edinburgh Film Festival has something called the … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Adult Life Skills, a delightfully sparky and entertaining “comedy about grief”

From the Edinburgh Film Festival 2016. In cinemas now. Having already bagged the Nora Ephron prize at Tribeca, small UK independent film Adult Life Skills held its European premiere at … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Brideshead Revisited: Did they or didn’t they?

(Originally published on May 22, 2010 as part of a dedicated GLBT Week on Vulpes Libris.) I first saw the iconic Granada TV series of Brideshead Revisited as a child. … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children’s Books: Reading Trash – Does it Matter?

Reading around the net the other day I came across an article on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure – which is a site set up and written by children’s authors. … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 14 Comments

Beautiful Words by Nik Perring

Anyone who follows this site avidly (so avidly they have read every post for the past four years) will know I was a real fan of Nik Perring’s last collection … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Coming up post for Week of the 31st March 2014

Casting about for a suitable summing up of this week’s offerings, the words “eclectic” and “wide-ranging” come to mind. But when is it ever not eclectic on Vulpes Libris? This … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

The raw and the personal. John Lennon’s Solo Songs: Part of Beatles’ Week on Vulpes Libris

How do you write about music? Some people manage to write reams and reams – particularly on a subject like the Beatles. People pour over every aspect and detail of … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Michael Palin in Wyeth’s World: An Interview with Director, Eleanor Yule

RosyB interviews director, Eleonor Yule, about her latest project with Michael Palin on overlooked artists which is showing tonight on BBC2 at 9pm Andrew Wyeth – the great American tempera … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 5 Comments

Interview with Screenwriter and Debut Novelist Raymond Friel

I first met Raymond when we were both writers on a project together. In a world that seems to expect one to be full of bushy-tailed enthusiasm at all times, … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Symbols, Associations and Chinua Achebe’s famous critique: Part Two

In Part 1 of this examination of Heart of Darkness: Symbols, Associations and Achebe’ famous Critique,  I examined some of Chinua Achebe’s  accusations against Conrad in his critique from the … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 5 Comments

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Symbols, Associations and Chinua Achebe’s famous critique: Part One

I have been wrestling with this piece for a couple of weeks now – and my deadline was today. As it approaches three in the afternoon, my post has grown … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 6 Comments

Coming up week of the 7th Oct 2013

No preamble from me today…But, short and sweet, here’s the line-up for this coming week on Vulpes LIbris: Monday Eve makes sure we’re all jealous about her holiday by name … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 1 Comment



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