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.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

The post appeared first on Vulpes Libris in June 2016. Maus is Art Spiegelman’s graphic memoir of his father Vladek, a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor. It was published originally in two … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

Karl Marx by Francis Wheen

Francis Wheen’s book about Karl Marx – described by some as the father of communism, is part of an oeuvre by an author and journalist with an established reputation for … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road is the first volume in a new Young Adult series, by Derek Landy, following on from his popular Skulduggery Pleasant series. This new line, (also called Demon Road) … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Diana Mosley by Anne De Courcy

This biography of the most famous of the Mitford sisters was published in the same year as her death at the age of 93. The title – De Courcy uses … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Catalan-Spanish writer, who has done much to popularise literature in translation in many Anglophone cultures, including the UK, where the book scene is reputed to … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Caleb’s Crossing is by a writer whose output to date has been small, but bears the mark of quality. Those who enjoy her work might notice a comparison between her … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman is probably best known for her Noughts and Crosses trilogy, a mirror-image take on race and identity in a society very much like South Africa during the apartheid … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Slavery By Another Name – by Douglas A Blackmon

The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II This Pulitzer Prizewinning book shocks the reader before he or she has opened it. The cover photograph … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Matrix by Jonathan Aycliffe

This novel  by Jonathan Aycliffe was published when he was already established as a writer of both classic horror novels and political thrillers under his other pseudonym, Daniel Easterman. Its … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness

The Last Hundred Days is the first novel by Patrick McGuinness who is also established as a poet and academic. It is also from an increasingly rare beast, a small, … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 5 Comments

Stonemouth by Iain Banks

Stonemouth is the most recent of Iain Banks’ non-Culture novels. His new book, The Quarry, also non-Culture, is due for publication this month and it will be the last. This … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark

The Mandelbaum Gate was published in 1965, an interesting time in Middle East history. It was two years before the Six Day War between Israel, and its neighbours, Jordan, Syria … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 6 Comments

Dominion by C J Sansom

C J Sansom is already well-known as the author of the Shardlake novels, a series of crime novels set in Tudor London. This stand-alone work is very different at some … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

This complex, multi-layered novel is a combination of steampunk fantasy and spy thriller with a healthy slug of Victorian engineering and clockwork technology. It features Joe Spork, an unlikely, reluctant … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 3 Comments



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