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.

Vulpes Libris classic: interview with novelist and Virginia Woolf expert, Susan Sellers

I didn’t quite know what to pick for my first Vulpes Libris Classic choice – Simon speaking, by the way – so I thought I’d go through the archive and … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 33 Comments

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

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

The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh

The Great Reformer is a substantial book. 480 pages in the new UK paperback edition, including notes, acknowledgements and a thorough overview of the sources, this biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now … Continue reading

August 25, 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

In Conversation with: Steven Berkoff

Actor, author, playwright and theatre director Steven Berkoff was born in London in 1937. After studying Drama in London and Paris he performed with repertory companies before forming the London … Continue reading

May 26, 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 · 7 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 · 8 Comments

Publishing your novel yourself, the way you want it

VL: We begin the Vulpes Libris theme thrortnight* on alternative publishing with an interview with someone who’s been and actually done it. Some weeks ago I reviewed Peter Kennedy’s first novel, Fishermen’s … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 7 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

In Conversation with Tom Vowler

(Plus a free draw: We have one copy of That Dark Remembered Day to give away. Full details are at the end of the interview.) Tom  Vowler is an associate … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Interview with YA author Caroline Green

Anyone tracking the progress of this piece today will most likely be chuckling into their handkerchiefs by now, since I have been experiencing what is commonly called ‘major technical difficulties’. … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Interview with author Keren David

Keren David’s Salvage – a beautifully crafted YA novel about two siblings separated by adoption – is my favourite book of recent years and I was delighted when Keren decided … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

I know I am a little obsessed with moons, but Autumn is the time for moon-lovers, with great big bright full moons that mean it’s not a disaster if I … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · 1 Comment



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