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.

Group Post:Reading Resolutions

This time of year, many people make resolutions. You know the regular ones-go on a diet or to the gym, eat healthier, learn a new language, tackle whatever big project … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Probably O. Henry’s best known work, this perennial holiday story doesn’t contain any cute little reindeer or snow people. It’s about a young couple who are trying to find the … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Scalzi’s Agent to the Stars

Another fine post from guest reviewer Dylan …. For us Americans, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and any other number of ridiculously commercial pseudo-festive event-days that you … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Autumn – Ali Smith

“All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)

I have finally got around to reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you will already know that this is the first of … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Our Scariest Stories

Recently, as the Foxes gathered round the cauldron, brewing up ideas for posts, we decided it might be fun to talk about the scariest books or stories we’d ever read. … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

“My love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep.” Set on the Andalusian coast, where 25-year-old Sofia has accompanied her mother in an attempt to get … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of the biggest surprises of this year’s literary prize season. Published by small Scottish imprint Contraband, it’s turned out to be … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Nicola Griffith’s writing space

Nicola Griffith is the author of Hild, and five other novels, plus short stories, essays and polemics. She’s working on the sequel to Hild, and talks about her Seattle working … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Late Victorian London is a place in flux. It’s been two or three decades since the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and the world of scientific investigation, … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

Though the Foxes have been back from summer break for a little while, they are having trouble shaking off that summer pace, when heat makes everything move slower. In some … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vulpes Random: Everything you need to know about Georgette Heyer’s novels

My younger daughter, aged 18 and a half, has just fallen headlong into Georgette Heyer, and is spending her summer browsing my collection. Occasionally she reports back to me, in … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Sandlands by Rosy Thornton

When Book Foxes Hilary and Moira discovered that each of them, separately, had intended to review their friend Rosy Thornton’s newly-published collection of short stories, Sandlands, there was a brief … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · 3 Comments

Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo

Guest reviewer Colin Fisher gives us Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo. Arnold Bennett, the popular novelist and critic from the years before the First World War until his death in 1931, … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

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