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.

Whither Vulpes Libris?

Ten Years of the Book Foxes, and where we go next … When, in the late summer/early autumn of 2007, Leena Heino first sent out the round-robin emails to her … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · 9 Comments

Learning to read

There is not a time when I remember being unable to read. Nor do I remember learning to read. My only childhood memory of this process is watching my father … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · 5 Comments

Vulpes Random: Ebooks – Where are the Gatekeepers and Does it Matter?

Back in May 2012, we had a fortnight devoted to ebooks. I thought I’d resurrect Rosy’s post on the gatekeepers  (or lack thereof) of ebooks… There have been few subjects … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice

Due to circumstances entirely beyond her control, Kirsty has had to postpone her piece on the discoveries in the Qumran Caves until another day. So we’ve had a delve in … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Writing in Rivendell

When I was a baby my mother discovered that the easiest way of calming me when I was being fractious was not rocking me, or tickling  me or distracting me … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 11 Comments

Vulpes Revisited: A Rebel Among Outlaws – Kris Kristofferson

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

My Dining Hell, by Jay Rayner

Vulpes Libris hasn’t had a Hatchet Job week for a while. Maybe it’s time, because I’ve found myself longing for just a little dose of venom. Or maybe it’s my … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Lord of the Rings revisited.

The Lord of the Rings is the ultimate ‘marmite’ book. Those who have an opinion about it one way or another either love it with an undying passion or – … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 11 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

Children’s literature: for white children only?

By Leila Rasheed Leila Rasheed is a children’s author. She also teaches creative writing in a variety of contexts including at the University of Warwick. Independently, she has developed and … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 24 Comments

Alt-pub on Vulpes Libris – a round-up.

It’s the end of our Alternative Publishing theme ‘thrortnight’ (coined by Bookfox Kate, you saw it here first), and what a fascinating and varied three weeks it has been. When … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reading slump pick me ups. What’s yours?

As a lifelong avid reader, I couldn’t even begin to imagine not having at least five books on the go at the one time. I have books stashed in every … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · 15 Comments

The Benefits of Merciless Respect

Janet Allison Brown A few years ago, when my husband was travelling and the kids were becoming self-sufficient, I finally finished a novel I was proud of: The Walker’s Daughter, … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Reader’s Block: a Public Service Announcement

You know Public Service Announcements, right? I’m not sure how much of a thing they still are, but I’m thinking about those adverts – usually around Christmas – where someone … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 19 Comments



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