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.

Shtum by Jem Lester

Shtum by Jem Lester isn’t out for a while but it’s one of those books you have to share immediately. As you’re reading your feelings are getting more and more … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

Resistance is Futile by Jenny T Colgan

Kindles are a pain in the ass. You buy e-books (I buy a LOT of books) and they download swiftly and efficiently onto your reading device…and then they vanish. Tiny … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Novella Award Shortlist: In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson & Kevin Parry’s When it was Raining

In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson Reviewed by Cath  I’m going to confess to a little impatience with magical realism as a genre, probably because in the wrong hands it … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Virginia Andrews: Ghost written (mostly)

I was a teenager in the 80’S. To many of you regardless of gender, this will mean neon legwarmers, roller skating and outlandish make-up. And the best music ever produced. … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Penguin Love!

So, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun…the John Lewis Christmas Advert has been released! And I think this is the best yet. As you’ll all know I have a … Continue reading

November 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

I’ve just this minute read the last page of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne. The tears are still trickling down my face, I have a … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dogs in Literature…revisited!

  There is much (too much) excitement in the Harvey household just now. We are expanding our family with a new addition! That’s her in the above photo, the little … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 5 Comments

Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher

Not enough people write letters anymore. It’s quite tragic actually when you think about it. We all correspond far more often but our correspondences are now mostly hurried, disposable and … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Wonder by Faye Hanson

My picture book addiction carries on apace. I have no idea where this is coming from (even my children are FAR too old for picture books) but I’m very much … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

Bookweek Roundup Returns…

In the early days of Vulpes Libris we used to do this regularly. Gathering snippets of book news from the interwebs and cobbling them together in some sort of theme. … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

This review was supposed to be up last week but instead I went into hospital, so I think you can cut me a bit of slack. However I’m absolutely fine, … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

This has been a multi book reading week, I’ve done a few back to back marathon reading sessions. I really have my reading mojo in place because I cannot get … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

Whew! It’s been a week of gloriously roasting temperatures even up here in usually mild Scotland. There’s nothing quite like sitting in the garden, with a glass of icy something, … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · 1 Comment



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