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.

Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

Introducing Vulpes Libris’ Write For Us competition winner ….. Dylan Plung! Many people are already familiar with Cormac McCarthy’s work even if they aren’t aware of it. There have been some … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 4 Comments

Of the Arts: The Violinist of Venice & The Improbability of Love

The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo At first this appears to be a routine historical romance, but it soon deepens to something more, a realistic account of a relationship … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Romance and the Foxes

*Tiptoes in* *peers around the door* No-one here? Good … Because I want to talk about sex. Well, not sex so much as  romance, which isn’t the same thing, but … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Phillipa Ashley – Ten Years and counting …

It’ll be ten years in October since Phillipa Ashley’s first novel, Decent Exposure, was published in the UK. A year later, she became one of the very first interviewees of a fledgling Vulpes Libris … Continue reading

February 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie

When I started this book, I thought it would be as frothy as the top of a root beer float, but it turned out to be rather delightful. In fact, … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is NOT Obliged

This is a lightly edited reblog from last September, when this splendid rom com was but an ebook and I read it on holiday and was completely bowled over. Now, … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Air by Lisa Glass

The View from the Den. (Message from Eve and Moira: Before we start, we need to state the blindingly obvious: that Lisa is both a fellow Book Fox and our … Continue reading

August 7, 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

Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick

You always know what you’re going to get with a romantic novel, don’t you? – a great location, a feisty heroine, an interesting and hunky hero, difficulties to be overcome, … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

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 · 7 Comments

Marisa Hayworth: a romantic experiment

Three women decided to work together to build inventory on Kindle. Here’s how it works. By one-third of Marisa Hayworth.  Self-publishing is tough. It relies on a reasonably high standard … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Vonda McIntyre’s The Moon and the Sun

You know how it is when you had a favourite author, and millions of years later you wouldn’t be able to name her as a favourite, if asked cold, but … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Todd McCaffrey’s Dragonholder

I wanted to read Todd McCaffrey’s memoir of Anne McCaffrey because I was captivated by her novels when I was a teenager. But the last time I reread one, I was … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 5 Comments



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