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

In the Northern hemisphere, we are well into autumn which is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Our offerings are as varied … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sculptor’s Daughter

Tove Jansson’s memoir, Sculptor’s Daughter (1968, 2013) is a collection of 19 episodes in the life of a small girl living with her artist mother (Swedish) and sculptor father (Finnish), … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Three about animals

A trio of nonfiction animal books, about dogs, cats and chickens. AlphaCat by Gabriella and Paola Gallerani This slim and beautiful volume has a two pronged appeal, those who love … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 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

Z by Therese Anne Fowler

My impression of Zelda Fitzgerald is probably like most peoples’, that she was wild, looney and unstable. I have long admired her husband’s writings, but didn’t know much about either … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

Shelf of Shame Week 2 I find I can relate somewhat to Bookfox Moira’s experience here, except that the person most strongly nagging me to read Mrs Dalloway was my … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Lost Domain (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier

Translated by Frank Davison. The first time someone told me I MUST read Le Grand Meaulnes I was a teenager and studying for my French Literature ‘A’ level. We had … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 10 Comments

Best Books of 2014 (so far)

As is my habit, here are mini reviews of the books which have made the strongest impression on me for the first half of the year. They are all novels … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A lot of books are described as “unique” and aren’t. This one really is. For one thing, it’s narrated by Death, who isn’t spooky at all, but rather a courtly … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald is an author I’ve often read about but not actually read. She’s particularly been on the radar after the coverage of her critically acclaimed biography, by Hermione Lee, that … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Three Novels of Modern Women

Pondering a title for this collection, I tried to find a common theme, but they were all set in different places, in different lifestyles and with characters of varied ages. … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Palladian Wreath of Hide and Seek

Elizabeth Taylor is one of my very favourite writers. Having undertaken to write about her for VL, I tried to find some way to explain the extraordinary nature of her work … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 15 Comments


Inclinations is a strange little tale about the charming Mabel Collins, who bewitches Miss Geraldine O’Brookomore, the noted biographer and aesthete. With Mrs Collins’s agreement they are to go to … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

It is years since I read Cat’s Eye. It was the second Atwood novel I read, in the summer of 1999, between high school and university. Looking back, it was the … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments



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