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.

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

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Back in February, one of the biggest news stories to come out of the book world in recent years broke. Harper Lee, who had famously only ever released one novel, … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Jenny Erpenbeck, The End of Days

There are several ways to describe The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky. The selected quotations from big-name newspapers on the cover rave and croon over its … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (trans. by Ted Goossen)

The critical acclaim and the cult following of Haruki Murakami in this country is such that the front cover of The Strange Library that only Murakami’s surname is required. Also on … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Legend of the Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

“The Legend of the Holy Drinker is Joseph Roth’s last work of fiction, quite deliberately so. Like Andreas’s repayment of the two hundred francs, it was his last detail. Again, … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

The drinking in Hemingway’s fiction

Ernest Hemingway was and still is a famously alcohol-inclined novelist, evidently a heavy drinker for most of his life. For folks who want to live out their fan-fantasies of drinking … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

All my Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews

by A. Bookfox It was the first time that we had sort of articulated our major problem. She wanted to die and I wanted her to live and we were … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

India, the late 1970s. Eight-year-old Ajay’s family is one of the many who chose to start a new life in America. For Ajay’s father this is a dream come true; we … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

In conversation with The Book View Café

The Book View Café is a cooperative publishing house, founded by a group of authors who wanted to take control of how their writing was published, and to get them past the … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

In Conversation with: Penelope Farmer

Today we’re delighted to welcome the author Penelope Farmer to Vulpes Libris. With a writing career spanning five decades and a backlist that includes the children’s classics Charlotte Sometimes and … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

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



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