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.

Coming Up This Week

Oops, it turns out we claimed it was July last week. The year is just running away with the foxes, isn’t it? Well, with something of H.G. Wells about us, … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Full disclosure from the off: I am longstanding blogging friends with the author of this book, and also an admirer of his earlier fiction (sequels to E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Erm, where did the summer come from? Suddenly – in Oxford, at least – it’s turned into a blaze of sunshine and summeriness. Now this, of course, is an excuse … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker

Once I’d decided that Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker would be one of the books I read for the 1938 Club, I made a point of not reading … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 9 Comments

How quirky is too quirky?

How quirky is too quirky? It’s a tricky question, and one that every reader inevitably has to decide for themselves. Some of us might stay comfortably away from anything that … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week on Vulpes Libris

Is that spring in the air? Is it? Well, no, probably not. That’s not stopping book fox Simon burrowing himself away in Shropshire for a long weekend, just when he was … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Renishaw Hall: the Story of the Sitwells by Desmond Seward

Over Christmas, I had the treat of reading Renishaw Hall by Desmond Seward, which I was lucky enough to receive as a review copy from a PR lady who wisely knew … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I wasn’t particularly excited when my book group suggested that we read Americanah (2013) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; I had heard good things about it, but its length and modernity were … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · 17 Comments

Better Than Life by Daniel Pennac

I love books about books, and particularly books about reading. I seem to be on rather a run of them at the moment, and quite a few of them seem … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Coming Up This Week

Is it Christmas yet? Well, is it? (No, it’s not.) But what it is is a lovely November week filled with the usual wide range of Vulpes Libris literary tastes. We’ve … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Feminine Middlebrow Novel by Nicola Humble

If you were to ask me which academic book was most influential in the writing of my doctoral thesis, I shouldn’t hesitate for a moment: it is undoubtedly Nicola Humble’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 13 Comments

Something Childish by Katherine Mansfield

This post is part of the 1924 Club, which I’m co-organising over at my blog Stuck in a Book – along with Karen, I’m asking people to read books published … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · 6 Comments

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

I tend to avoid the zeitgeisty novels that everyone is reading on the train, mostly because I’m happier buried among the older novels of yesteryear that are already overflowing from … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Novella Award shortlist: Nina Allan’s The Harlequin, & Zoe Ranson’s The Year of the Horse

The Harlequin by Nina Allan  Reviewed by Simon When I was offered the choice of these novellas, my eye was drawn to the words ‘after World War One’ and ‘Oxford’ … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)