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.

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

A catastrophic oil spill. A dead parachutist whose rig has been sabotaged. Rollerbladers in Paris. The hypnotic buffering symbol, whirring round and round endlessly on a screen. What do these … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is pretty much my favourite author. She has been since I was recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by my English teacher when I was 16. Since then I’ve read … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Musings upon the Short Stories of Saki

Having always enjoyed the short stories of Saki, I was hard pressed to select just one to review. As most people know, Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

The love of weird in Karen Russell’s short stories

Karen Russell is a North American novelist and short storyist whose two published collections – St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (2006), and Vampires in the Lemon Grove … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 5 Comments

Coming Up-Short Story Week #2

Former Book Fox Rosy was always saying how short stories are an under appreciated literary form, so with that thought, we decided to spotlight them in what I hope will … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen’s columns used to be reprinted in my local newspaper each week and I always enjoyed them, so when she broadened out into the longer forms of novels and … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

My plan was never to get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vulpes Random: Jurassic Jesuits

Alix Montague has written a solemnly ludicrous narrative of the adventures of four nineteenth-century Jesuit priests shipwrecked off the coast of South America, in fine High Victorian style. Into the … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

The History Chicks podcasts and website

Sometime last year I was browsing a list of historical websites when one called “The History Chicks” leapt out. Appreciating its 1960s name, I clicked on the link, and wasn’t … Continue reading

September 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ferney by James Long

I was recommended Ferney (1998) by James Long and awfully long time ago by my friend Carol, and was lucky enough to get a copy given to me by my friend … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Secrets of the Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts has published over 80 books, including a dozen Sunday Times best sellers, and sold more than 10 million copies. He’s the best-selling writer you’ve never heard of  but … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Vulpes Random: On recording a podcast for The Guardian

So, a couple of days ago, my book came out. It’s about conservative popular fiction, which I’ve spent many decades reading and studying, and trying to teach, though getting permission to … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nan Shepherd’s The Quarry Wood

Nan Shepherd’s three novels – The Quarry Wood (1928), The Weatherhouse (1930 and A Pass in the Grampians (1933) – were reprinted by Canongate in the 1990s with her memoir … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

My name is Ruth. I grew up with my younger sister, Lucille, under the care of my grandmother, Mrs. Sylvia Foster, and when she died, of her sisters-in-law, Misses Lily … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

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