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.

Charlotte M. Yonge: Love and Life

A VL Classic, reposted from Autumn 2013 Published in 1880, but set in the late 1730s, Love and Life bears the subtitle ‘An Old Story in Eighteenth-Century Costume’, and that … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mason Currey: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

My copy of this book happens to be the American edition, but the UK edition actually has the more accurate title: Daily Rituals. How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Coming up next week on Vulpes Libris

After immersing ourselves in Georgette Heyer’s Regency world for an entire week, it’s time to feed our serious sides again. This coming week will see thoughtful pieces on literary fiction, … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Georgette Heyer: Black Sheep

Abigail Wendover thinks of herself as a spinster aunt, though she’s not, really. She’s a charming and witty woman in her late twenties, and she lives in Bath with her … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

As a cold wind is raging and howling outside – or at least here in Finland, it is – we at Vulpes hope that you’ll be warmed and comforted by … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Maureen Johnson: Girl at Sea

The very beginning of Vulpes Libris coincided with my (relatively late) discovery of YA, and Maureen Johnson was one of the first modern YA authors I read and enjoyed. In … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Jojo Moyes: Me Before You

Me Before You came to me with a double recommendation: I heard the rumour (which turned out to be false) that Tom Hiddleston would play the lead in a film … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 5 Comments

Esther Freud: Lucky Break

I don’t remember exactly where and how, but I read an extract of this novel before it was released, and immediately put it on my must-read list. Now that I … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Honoré de Balzac: Eugénie Grandet

Sometimes, such a heaviness hangs over the beginning of a book that the pages feel almost literally heavy to turn. This was the case with Eugénie Grandet, which I’ve owned … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad

Revisiting a VL Classic Right-side-up reflections on life and other performances Seems a bit silly to review a book about musicians’ mental blocks and performance anxiety on a book blog; … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Coming up next week on Vulpes Libris

As the weather can’t quite decide whether it’s supposed to spring or winter, it’s time to curl up with a good book. But then, in the fox den, when is … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Juliet Barker: Conquest: The English Kingdom of France in the Hundred Years War

Though Shakespeare and many others would have it that Agincourt was the one great battle that decided all, it was actually only the beginning of this story. That unlikely victory … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

I always try to look for a unifying theme in every week, but this week really has me in despair. One half is history; the other half is very modern. … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 1 Comment


I know this will come as a terrible blow to all the Hundred Years’ War enthusiasts out there, but alas, due to unforeseen circumstances, my review of Juliet Barker’s Conquest … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 2 Comments



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