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.

Caroline by Sarah Miller

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s enduringly beloved “Little House” books (biofiction of the prairie as they might be called in today’s terminology) have spawned an industry’s worth of secondary writing. Scholarly and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Antonia White’s Frost in May

The advance publicity for this review of Antonia White’s 1933 novel Frost In May warns that I am enraged. I’d be amazed if anyone reading this novel is not similarly … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 5 Comments

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs website

When I discovered this website early in the summer, I was delighted. It was so offbeat, yet educational, that I was intrigued. And best of all it was about dinosaurs! … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic. Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door

I’d heard good things about this anthology before Vulpes Libris was offered a copy, so I grabbed it. It’s a miscellany from Saqi Books, consisting of dialogues, short stories, art … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

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 · 7 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 · 2 Comments

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 · 3 Comments

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

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