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.

Broken Harbour by Tana French

This is the fourth novel by Tana French, an Irish crime writer who has done much since her first book, In The Woods, to establish herself as a practitioner of … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · 6 Comments

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front is the first in Jim Butcher’s series about Harry Dresden, private detective and urban wizard. Harry combines the qualities of a modern man – sensitive, with pacifistic tendencies … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers is Patrick deWitt’s second novel. It can’t be described without reference to the Western, as there are elements of the Western genre in it, which may  put … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

Un Lun Dun is the first young adult novel by China Mieville who is well-established as a writer of fantasy and alternate reality fiction for adults, including Embassytown, Pardido Street … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Book of Human Skin – Michelle Lovric

This is Michelle Lovric’s fourth novel for adults and like the first three, it focuses on semi-fantastical historical settings, with larger-than-life characters. She favours the later eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

September 28, 2011 · 9 Comments

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

In his Thursday Next series, Jasper Fforde sets out his stall as a writer of comic fantasy with a vision of an alternative Britain. That series is set in a … Continue reading

August 25, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch has a background in screenwriting, most notably for Doctor Who, and has also written some novelisations of the series. Rivers of London is his first non-Whovian novel and … Continue reading

March 28, 2011 · 7 Comments

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair is the first in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, set in an alternative reality. It currently runs to five novels, with the sixth due out in hardback … Continue reading

February 4, 2011 · 5 Comments

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling – read by Stephen Fry

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series was one of the Noughties biggest publishing events. It grossed many millions in sales, spawned a huge film and merchandising franchise, and led to the … Continue reading

September 27, 2010 · 6 Comments

So Much To Tell by Valerie Grove

This biography, timed to coincide with the seventieth birthday of Puffin Books, aims to tell us something of Kaye Webb, its most successful editor and her life outside publishing as … Continue reading

August 27, 2010 · 3 Comments

Two Lives by Vikram Seth

Two Lives is Vikram Seth’s memoir of his uncle Shanti (Shanti Uncle) and Shanti’s German-Jewish wife, Henny Caro, who the author always called Aunty Henny, is also an examination of … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · 5 Comments

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Home is, in a sense, Marilynne Robinson’s companion to Gilead, which was published in 2004 to a good deal of critical attention and a couple of prestigious literary prizes. It … Continue reading

June 4, 2010 · 8 Comments

When the Lights Went Out by Andy Beckett

What Really Happened to Britain in the Seventies The Seventies are currently in vogue. The success of TV series, such as Life on Mars, the remake of Starsky and Hutch … Continue reading

April 15, 2010 · 13 Comments

Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

This beautifully-detailed graphic novel is a follow-up to Gemma Bovery, Posy Simmonds’s version of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Tamara Drewe’s relationship to its novel of origin, Hardy’s Far From The Madding … Continue reading

January 12, 2010 · 5 Comments



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