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.

Skinny by Donna Cooner

I’m Chairing at the Edinburgh Book Festival again this year. YAY! And I have a lot, lot, lot of reading to do. I don’t seem to have read nearly as … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Picture Book Joy!

It’s been a while since I sat and read through my Picture Book shelf. (Yes, I have a Picture Book shelf, what of it?) There’s something so wonderful, even as … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

The Carnegie Medal winner was announced this week as The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks. I watched the ceremony from the comfort of my office chair as it was Live … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

Blue by Lisa Glass

To begin, I’ll just let you know that I have a very close connection to this book. Not only is Lisa a fellow Book Fox, she has been my friend … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 8 Comments

Heroic by Phil Earle

I had the huge pleasure of Chairing at the Edinburgh Book Festival again this year. It’s my absolute favourite thing to do…I just wish it was on all year round. … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes

I know…I’m reviewing a grown-up book. I do sometimes read them. And this one is pretty extraordinary. I recently went on holiday to Mexico. It was very much a beach … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Vulpes Libris’ All Time Greats -The Top Ten: Number 5

  At Number 5 on our All Time Greats list is this storming piece from Eve.  Published on  March the 7th 2009, it attracted a massive 169 comments, many with … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 5 Comments

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

I have fallen in love.  Not just plain old ordinary comfy love, but utterly all encompassing, delirious love.  Naturally, when that sort of thing happens to me…it’s all over a … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · 11 Comments

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Whilst mulling over (actually panicking!) about what to write about this week I did a little search of my previous posts.  I was utterly astonished to discover I have never … Continue reading

October 22, 2011 · 6 Comments

Crypt: The Gallows Curse by Andrew Hammond

To continue my Edinburgh Book Festival retrospective, I enjoyed a wonderful event by Andrew Hammond author of Crypt: The Gallows Curse.  Having been an English teacher, Andrew’s event was an … Continue reading

September 24, 2011 · 4 Comments

Invisible Fiends by Barry Hutchison

So, it’s over. And I am despondent, bereft, utterly lost. The Edinburgh Book Festival has ended for another year and I can’t help thinking I just didn’t manage to get … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Get your diaries out!  Right, 29th September… I know it’s quite a bit away but flick through until you find it.  Take a Sharpie (or similar authoritative marker) and write … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · 6 Comments

Flowers in the Attic by Virgina Andrews

I have decided to start my own new mini series that I will post occasionally (and others may like to join in).  I’m going to call it Guilty Pleasures.  And … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · 13 Comments

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

After the slew of dystopian novels I took a break to review the fabulously funny Swim the Fly by Don Calame last time.  I’m not rushing back to apocalyptic end … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · 8 Comments



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