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.

Goodnight Ophelia by Penelope Farmer

“There can’t be too many people, especially of my age, who find out who they are via Wikipedia.” Read any of the myriad self-help books on How to Become a … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris:

ALTERNATIVE PUBLISHING EVENT Monday the 13th of April to Friday the 1st of May In the last decade, the world of publishing has undergone a seismic shift. Once not so … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Catalan-Spanish writer, who has done much to popularise literature in translation in many Anglophone cultures, including the UK, where the book scene is reputed to … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

At first glance, we seem to have an animal filled week, but Dragonhold is really a place, not a corral for dragons, unfortunately. So what we really have is a … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, trans. by David Bellos

First things first: I made a small error in yesterday’s Coming Up post. This isn’t a Pushkin Classic, as it was only published in its original French a couple of … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

Anyone in the UK with a passing interest in the book world cannot have be able to avoid hearing something about the controversial publication of Hilary Mantel’s latest short story collection, The … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

Margaret Atwood

I once read The Handmaid’s Tale, probably at the wrong age, and it freaked me out so much I didn’t want to go near a Margaret Atwood novel again. This … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

How To Be Both by Ali Smith

I have been a big fan of Ali Smith’s work for a number of years, having discovered her when I picked up her 1999 short story collection Other Stories and Other … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler

Left or right? Yes or no? Car or train? Decisions we take every day, both large and small, can affect people we don’t know in ways we can’t even begin … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Talisman Ring

The Talisman Ring (1936) is not one of Heyer’s most well-known novels. It’s one of those for which you can’t quite remember who the hero was, whether he was Regency Buck … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 12 Comments

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

It is difficult to write about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves without revealing a key piece of plot information. However, Karen Joy Fowler managed to get to page 77 of … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Minimum of Two – Tim Winton

“Jerra Nilsam sat with his son at a cafe table and the breeze was in his shirt. The day was all but gone from him now, and there was a … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My contribution to Vulpes Libris’ birthday celebration week focuses on a novel that was actually published at the end of 2006, but which won the Orange Prize (as it was … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

Before reading this novel, I wasn’t sure if I’d find enough to write about. Now that I’ve finished it, there seems to be too much to say and that I … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 4 Comments



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