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.

An Adventure by C.A.E. Moberly and E.F. Jourdain

Imagine yourself back in 1911. You keep an eye on the goings on of society. And that means that you’ll be transfixed by the tale going around of C.A.E. Moberly and … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

Discovering Beverley

I decided that I loved Beverley Nichols before I read a word by him. I think I first came across the name in a small shop in Pershore, Worcestershire (no, … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 7 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Better late than never, isn’t it? I kept forgetting to do this ‘coming up’ post, because I was busy avoiding writing a conference paper – and then I remembered and … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells

I always seem to join in the Vulpes Libris Theme Weeks with the caveat that I don’t usually get on with the theme in question – c.f. our weeks on … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C. S. Lewis

I worked for the Bodleian, in Reader Services, for seven or eight years (part-time), and one thing I noticed was that C. S. Lewis was very popular among visiting American … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · 5 Comments

The House on the Strand (or: my struggle with historical fiction)

Oh dear. It seems that I always volunteer myself as the contrary voice for Vulpes theme weeks – or, at least, that’s what I did back when I was just a … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 15 Comments

The gentle joy of R.C. Sherriff

I recently read two novels by R.C. Sherriff in fairly quick succession – The Fortnight in September (1931) and Greengates (1936) – having never read anything by him before; they were the … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 10 Comments

Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

Winter just keeps wintering, doesn’t it? (Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, in which case I can only assume that summer keeps summering.) At Fox HQ – spread rather thinly … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal

What a curious little book. I got Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal a couple of Christmases ago, from my parents, after I added to my Amazon wishlist. And I added … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 9 Comments

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

I recently re-read The Victorian Chaise-Longue for a podcast I recorded on the topic (shameless plug for it – check out ‘Tea or Books?’ if you want to hear it compared … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Eyre Affair (or: dealing with disappointment)

I suspect many of us have those guilt-inducing books on our shelves – you know the ones; those that we’ve had for years and years, intending to read. It’s worse … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · 11 Comments

Strange Gardens / Effroyables Jardins by Michel Quint

I’ll be honest – when I was going through my tbr shelves to decide what I’d read for this theme week, it was entirely length that dictated my decision. Michel … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Panther by Brecht Evens

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more hipster than when I preordered a copy of a Belgian graphic novel in translation. Yep, that’s the kind of life I live now. … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Grand Canyon by Vita Sackville-West

If you’ve read any Vita Sackville-West, you might (like me) think of her as a novelist about high society, whether Edwardians in their deviant splendour or old ladies in furs, … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 5 Comments

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