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.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Dana is a twenty-six year old black woman living in California in 1976. She is married to Kevin, who is white, and who rejected his racist family to marry Dana. … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

March is here and so is the Spring! Well, it hasn’t quite reached Oxford if the rain lashing against my window this morning is anything to go by. While we’re … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

Sometimes it feels like we are going backwards. In the introduction of her “personal selection” of the 21 women who shaped the history of Britain, Jenni Murray reminds us that … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

February has rolled around already and I’m still getting used to writing 2017 instead of 2016. I’ll probably get the hang of it by… ooh… October? Anyway, on with business. … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly’s father was an engineer, defying the odds stacked against him in segregation-era America. As she says in the introduction to her book, “as late as 1970, just … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

How is it December already? I swear it was April five minutes ago. Mind you, I think we’ll all be happy once this ridiculous year is over. In the meantime, … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams – Alan Cumming

Last year I listened to the unabridged audio version of Alan Cumming’s memoir Not My Father’s Son. It was an incredibly moving book about the abuse he suffered at the hands … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Autumn – Ali Smith

“All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)

I have finally got around to reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you will already know that this is the first of … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

The clocks have gone back (in the UK at least), the nights are drawing in, and Hallowe’en is just around the corner. It’s a time for cosy nights in (with … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

“My love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep.” Set on the Andalusian coast, where 25-year-old Sofia has accompanied her mother in an attempt to get … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of the biggest surprises of this year’s literary prize season. Published by small Scottish imprint Contraband, it’s turned out to be … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I have spent many hours walking in the last few months. My son, now seven months old, had a fairly long phase of only reliably napping in his pram and … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

I’ve recently returned to the Book Fox fold after a few months away on maternity leave, and I must say that it’s lovely to be back. With a four year … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · Leave a comment



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