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.

Charlotte M. Yonge: Love and Life

A VL Classic, reposted from Autumn 2013 Published in 1880, but set in the late 1730s, Love and Life bears the subtitle ‘An Old Story in Eighteenth-Century Costume’, and that … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mason Currey: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

My copy of this book happens to be the American edition, but the UK edition actually has the more accurate title: Daily Rituals. How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Maureen Johnson: Girl at Sea

The very beginning of Vulpes Libris coincided with my (relatively late) discovery of YA, and Maureen Johnson was one of the first modern YA authors I read and enjoyed. In … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Rabbit Back Literature Society 

Ella, a high school teacher, is perturbed when a student’s copy of a very well-known novel tells the story in a different way. Why are the library books rewriting their … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Jojo Moyes: Me Before You

Me Before You came to me with a double recommendation: I heard the rumour (which turned out to be false) that Tom Hiddleston would play the lead in a film … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 5 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

Honoré de Balzac: Eugénie Grandet

Sometimes, such a heaviness hangs over the beginning of a book that the pages feel almost literally heavy to turn. This was the case with Eugénie Grandet, which I’ve owned … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad

Revisiting a VL Classic Right-side-up reflections on life and other performances Seems a bit silly to review a book about musicians’ mental blocks and performance anxiety on a book blog; … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Juliet Barker: Conquest: The English Kingdom of France in the Hundred Years War

Though Shakespeare and many others would have it that Agincourt was the one great battle that decided all, it was actually only the beginning of this story. That unlikely victory … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mauri Kunnas: Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band

I must warn you in advance that this won’t be a review, but a recommendation. I’m not a big Beatle fan and my knowledge of the band’s history is pretty … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Eamon Duffy: Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570

The Book of Hours – or the ‘primer’, or Horae – was the laypeople’s prayer-book, and undoubtedly the most popular book of the late Middle Ages. Popular, but valuable: they … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Sad Little Story of ‘Poor Old Kate’

Alas, a raging flu prevents my poor brain from functioning properly and writing the promised post about Eamon Duffy’s Marking the Hours, which will have to be deferred till Saturday. … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 9 Comments

Charlotte M. Yonge: Love and Life

Published in 1880, but set in the late 1730s, Love and Life bears the subtitle ‘An Old Story in Eighteenth-Century Costume’, and that describes it well. The story is based … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sarah Harriet Burney: The Shipwreck

The Shipwreck – first part of Tales of Fancy, published in 1816 – begins, not surprisingly, with a shipwreck. Lady Earlingford and her daughter Viola are sailing to join the … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 2 Comments



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