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.

The Art of Coarse Acting. 50th Anniversary Edition, by Michael Green

How delighted I was to see a new edition of one of my favourite books in the window of Samuel French, theatrical booksellers! Especially as I have no idea where … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 2 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

Resurrecting Radiguet

Vulpes Libris welcomes guest blogger, Roger Morris, with a timely piece on a recent anniversary. The French poet and novelist Raymond Radiguet died ninety years ago on December 12th, 1923, … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Talking about Bertie: The King’s Speech

Hot on the heels of their recent review of Howard Jones’ The Bay of Pigs, today Good and Bad (or, more properly, academic and non-academic) Kirsty discuss a recent trip … Continue reading

April 5, 2011 · 11 Comments

The Trials and Tribulations of Writing a Screenplay: Part One

VL’s RosyB has been uncharacteristically quiet these past few months (well, for her). Find out why in the first of a short set of articles on the trials and tribulations … Continue reading

February 7, 2011 · 8 Comments

Metamorphosis – a theatre adaptation from Franz Kafka by Steven Berkoff

Before I  go any further, I should apologize to anyone who’s arrived here expecting a profound and incisive examination of the enigma that is Franz Kafka and All His Works.  … Continue reading

January 28, 2011 · 7 Comments

One Day at a Time: A play by Phil Fox. Outside Edge Theatre Company.

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.  November 2010.  “I’ve not come here for you;  I’ve come here for me.” It’s tough being a god – especially when you’re a middle-aged, chain-smoking, recovering alcoholic … Continue reading

November 28, 2010 · 12 Comments

STANDING ON THE EDGE: An interview with Phil Fox of the Outside Edge Theatre Company.

Today, to close our “Shakespeare Week” we change tack very slightly to talk to Phil Fox – the founder and Artistic Director of the Outside Edge Theatre Company, based in … Continue reading

November 20, 2010 · 6 Comments

KING LEAR: A Kitchen Table Meditation by Edward Petherbridge

In the summer of 2007, Edward Petherbridge travelled to New Zealand to play King Lear on stage, but fell ill after the first rehearsal.  The role had to be recast … Continue reading

November 18, 2010 · 7 Comments

Trevor Byrne on The Lord of the Rings BBC radio play

Article by Trevor Byrne. When I was ten, my uncle gave me the gift of Gollum’s voice. I don’t remember my uncle visiting our house before. He had a soft … Continue reading

September 15, 2010 · 12 Comments

Ivan Vasil’evich meniaet professiiu/Ivan Vasil’evich Changes Profession

This week, there’s no need for my Good and Bad selves to duke it out.  For once, I’m in complete agreement with myself, and what I want to tell you … Continue reading

November 30, 2009 · 9 Comments

The Pitmen Painters: a play by Lee Hall. Newcastle Live Theatre/ National Theatre co-production March 2009

Occasionally, one of the Foxes will go to the cinema or theatre, and come back inspired to write about it here. This time, Hilary has returned from a National Theatre … Continue reading

March 29, 2009 · 8 Comments

Richard III Week: To Prove a Villain.

Shakespeare’s Richard III is simply magnificent. Today’s villains are always flawed human beings who could have been so very different, if only. Often, there is a suggestion that they could … Continue reading

August 18, 2008 · 27 Comments



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