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.

Poetry Week: John Donne, The Reformed Soul

I studied the poetry of John Donne for A Level, and loved it: how could a seventeen year old not love a poet who writes about sex as Heaven and Hell, … Continue reading

May 23, 2009 · 9 Comments

Jean Rhys – Good Morning Midnight

Fiction shares much with its narrative siblings drama, film, epic, myth and non-fiction, but what makes it unique is that it can let us into someone’s mind, and into more than one … Continue reading

April 24, 2009 · 6 Comments

Richard III Week: Writing wrongs to make A Secret Alchemy

I’ve ordered my flak jacket, and braced myself for trouble. My second novel, A Secret Alchemy, will be published on 13th November. It’s bad enough that I’ve had the cheek … Continue reading

August 19, 2008 · 23 Comments

Celebrating Antonia Forest: the grown-up children’s author

Perhaps it was inevitable that Antonia Forest should go out of fashion for a while. When you were born in 1915, put life on hold for war work, have your … Continue reading

July 10, 2008 · 28 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: Emma Darwin On Why Literary Fiction is Worth It

As a counterpoint to Clare Sudbery’s piece last week “In Praise of Popular Culture”, on the Soapbox this week we have the author of “The Mathematics of Love” and soon-to-be-released … Continue reading

June 5, 2008 · 52 Comments

Interview with Emma Darwin

The Mathematics of Love, by Emma Darwin (published by Headline Review) has had terrific print and blogosphere reviews and since the author just happens to be a Bookfox, Lisa and … Continue reading

April 2, 2008 · 6 Comments

The Grand Sophy & Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Like most innovators, Georgette Heyer suffers by association with her imitators, descendants and plagiarists. But to dismiss her as all bonnets and heaving bosoms is like dismissing Wodehouse because he … Continue reading

February 15, 2008 · 20 Comments



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