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.

Penelope Lively’s Passing On

For most of my life the name Penelope Lively has meant The Whispering Knights, The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy, Astercote and The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, books I reread for … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Sword of Bone by Anthony Rhodes Bretherton Khaki or Field Grey? by W.F. Morris

I was going to write two reviews for these books and then decided to write one instead. Both books, I felt, shared a common theme which, despite their settings – … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Timeless or Topical? by Margaret Kirk

It happened a few weeks ago. After a long period submerged in various sorts of book-related tasks (my debut novel, Shadow Man, will be published on 2nd November) I’d met … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Will on the TNT cable TV network

Twenty years ago cinema audiences fell for “Shakespeare in Love”, a film that presented the playwright as all too human, so different from the stuffy fellow many people thought he … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Coming Up This Week

This week VL takes on a lofty air as we dive into words, both the use of them in a technical way and the use of them by Masters of … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Group Post:What We Read on Our Summer Break

Though the Foxes were recently on Summer Break, that didn’t mean we took a break from reading. Goodness gracious, no. Some of us did take some fun trips to exotic … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Flack’s Last Shift, by Alex Wade

In these days of online book-buying, a browse through a favourite bookshop is a treat. It doesn’t matter that I have no books in mind I know I want to … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Somewhere in the East Coast of America, in a small town familiar to non-Americans from films such as Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, the survivors of a highly dysfunctional family … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Reading a country

When I moved to Spain in 2003 I already knew that this was where I wanted to live. I did not want to stay for a couple of years and … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · 11 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris:

Temperatures in Spain are climbing again from the unseasonably fresh weather of the last week. Today the mercury will brush thirty degrees centigrade, up from the welcome twenty-three of the … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vulpes Revisited: A Palladian Wreath of Hide and Seek

As sometimes happens in the busy lives of the Book Foxes, life and technology have ganged up on Kirsty to scupper her scheduled review of In a Summer Season. Instead, … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spider-Woman kicks it all over the street

Some time ago I wrote about Spider-Woman. After a healthy reminder of how good female superheroes can be from Wonder Woman, I went and bought two more Spider-Woman collections, Civil … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett

The Family from One End Street was published in 1937. A quick look at some of the key events of that year reminds us that this lonely and unloved decade … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 7 Comments

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