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 Libris classic: interview with novelist and Virginia Woolf expert, Susan Sellers

I didn’t quite know what to pick for my first Vulpes Libris Classic choice – Simon speaking, by the way – so I thought I’d go through the archive and … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 33 Comments

Dear Father Christmas, by Alan Durant. Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

A Vulpes Classic, originally posted in 2013, but worth another look. At the risk of incurring the wrath of my fellow Bookfoxes and Xmasphobes everywhere, I’m going to talk about … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Autumn is waning, and on Thursday the (meteorological, northern hemisphere) winter will hit with its usual icy gut-punch, and many of the Bookfoxes will take shelter and curl up under … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Writing books and eating cake

Blog post by Lisa Glass I recently released the final book in my beach trilogy (Blue – Air – Ride) and while much of the writing was done at home … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

There’s a Shark in the Bath, by Sarah McIntyre

What would you do if you found a shark in your bath? Or a whole family of them? A bathroom adventure packed with sharks, sea creatures and silliness. As a … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

The wonderful weirdness of a book-to-film adaptation.

This piece first appeared on Project UKYA. I have been mostly absent from Vulpes Libris during the past year and a half. This was largely because of book contract deadlines … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake

I must admit I paused before offering a review of this picture book. Vulpes Libris is a serious site. The content is eclectic, sure enough, but it’s a rare week … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Max at Night by Ed Vere

Way back in 2011, I reviewed a book here called Mr Big, written and illustrated by the very talented Ed Vere. It had delighted – and still delights – my … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 11 Comments

UKYA Day – Interview with Leila Rasheed

Hurray, it’s UKYA Day! This event was organized by Queen of Contemporary Lucy Powrie.  Lucy has an amazing blog where she champions books of all kinds, by authors of all … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Interview with YA author Caroline Green

Anyone tracking the progress of this piece today will most likely be chuckling into their handkerchiefs by now, since I have been experiencing what is commonly called ‘major technical difficulties’. … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Interview with author Keren David

Keren David’s Salvage – a beautifully crafted YA novel about two siblings separated by adoption – is my favourite book of recent years and I was delighted when Keren decided … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Interview with author Leila Rasheed

Today we have a fascinating interview with children’s author Leila Rasheed, who was a member of Vulpes Libris in its infancy, way back in 2007. Since then Leila has been … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Interview with author Helen Grant

Interview by Lisa Glass. I met Helen Grant online and know her as an incredibly funny member of a YA writers’ group. Her new book Demons of Ghent was released … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

Interview with Emma Haughton, author of Now You See Me

1) Now You See Me is a dark, tense thriller with a euphoric ending that made me feel certain the book would make a brilliant film. The sort of film … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 4 Comments



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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.)