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.

Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui and Frank Wynne

As part of our Shocking and Banned Book week, we’re taking the opportunity to re-run Jay Benedict’s review of Amin Zaoui’s ‘Banquet of Lies’, originally published in September 2008 – … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin – by Pierre Assouline, translated by Charles Ruas

Review by Jay Benedict. “Assouline gets behind the genial public mask to take full measure of Herge’s life and art and the fascinating ways in which the two intertwine. Neither … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · 7 Comments

Dillinger’s Wild Ride by Elliott J Gorn

Review by Jay Benedict. My Granpa took to the road for years during the Great  Depression selling  vacuum cleaners, encyclopaedias and  rubber plants in the desert. Actually, that last little … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · 11 Comments

Amazir by Tom Gamble

Plus a FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY – read (or skip …) to the end for details. Most years, the announcement of the shortlist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Novel of … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · 22 Comments

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

RNA/Pure Passion Awards 2011. WINNER:  Romantic Novel of the Year. At the 2011 Romantic Novelists’ Association/Pure Passion Awards ceremony last month, Jojo Moyes‘ The Last Letter from your Lover won  … Continue reading

April 15, 2011 · 10 Comments

The Narrator’s Art: Part One – Jay Benedict and Stephen Greif

As part of our Audiobook Month – ‘Talking Books’ – we decided to put the same five basic questions to Jay Benedict, Stephen Greif and Edward Petherbridge, all of whom … Continue reading

September 20, 2010 · 6 Comments

The Ice Man by Philip Carlo

Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer At the end of last year, regular Vulpes reviewer Jay Benedict mentioned to Moira that he was reading a particularly gripping, if extremely gruesome, … Continue reading

January 8, 2010 · 10 Comments

Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of Praying Mantis ~ by Jane Prowse

Fifteen year old Hattie Jackson’s apparently normal life in Camden changes forever when her Japanese mother Chiyoko disappears one night under mysterious circumstances.  Hattie is understandably startled to discover that … Continue reading

September 24, 2009 · 11 Comments

Pimp: The Story of My Life ~ by Iceberg Slim

Following yesterday’s interview with Jamie Byng, Jay Benedict takes a detailed look at Pimp: The Story of My Life, recently republished by Canongate. Unsurprisingly, in view of its subject, the … Continue reading

June 10, 2009 · 26 Comments

Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods ~ by Annie J Randall

Review by Jay Benedict. Dusty! Queen of the Postmods is the most painstakingly-researched book I’ve ever read. For those of you seeking a University degree in the study of popular … Continue reading

May 12, 2009 · 6 Comments

The Red Album of Asbury Park by Alex Austin

Review by Jay Benedict. Regular Vulpes guest Jay Benedict joins us again with another highly individual review – this time of a novel which isn’t exactly an everyday story of … Continue reading

April 10, 2009 · 13 Comments

The most unkindest cut.

Being edited out of one blockbuster science fiction movie is unfortunate. Being edited out of two must begin to feel personal – but that’s exactly what happened to regular Vulpes … Continue reading

February 24, 2009 · 26 Comments

Staying sane(ish) inside insanity – Jay Benedict

In the early 1970s, Jay joined the cast of The Rocky Horror Show on the Kings Road – when it was still in its infancy (and the questionable joys of … Continue reading

December 6, 2008 · 6 Comments

Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui

Guest review by Jay Benedict. As promised in his recent interview (which is, incidentally, one of the most popular pieces Vulpes has ever run …) Jay Benedict returns for the first of what … Continue reading

September 24, 2008 · 22 Comments

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