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.

In conversation with Brendan Walsh, literary editor, The Tablet

  I have been reviewing books for The Tablet – Britain’s second oldest weekly paper, and a Catholic literary institution – since 2013. As a newcomer in every sense, I … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 3 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

Reading Resolutions for 2015

As the new year begins, lots of people make general resolutions. I don’t, because they cause more anxiety, but this year I found myself making a couple regarding reading. First, … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 5 Comments

Environment, Society, Language: The Rachel Carson Center

The Rachel Carson Center, in Munich, is a unique environment: engaged, stimulating, sometimes fraught, always interesting.  I should know, because I was fortunate enough to work there as an editor … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

In Conversation with: Harry Enfield

Four years ago, when we were still a baby blog, we ran our first ever ‘In Conversation with’ feature – an interview with the comedian Harry Enfield.  At that time … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

Trotsky: past, present… future? An interview with Tariq Ali

(Originally published: 3rd September 2010) Today’s guest contributor, Tariq Ali, is a writer, activist and political commentator. A leading figure of the Trotskyist movement in the sixties and seventies, Ali’s … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 3 Comments

The VL Amateur Astronomy Extravaganza, Part II

Hello again, and welcome to Part II of our feature on amateur astronomy.  For Part I, click here. Today’s special guest is Dr. Ian Walker.  Ian is a lecturer in … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · 3 Comments

The VL Amateur Astronomy Extravaganza, Part I

Today, in Part I of our two-part amateur astronomy feature, we have two special guests here on Vulpes Libris: Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, of the Vatican Observatory and Dr. Colin Snodgrass … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · 8 Comments

Trotsky Q&A: Gabriel García Higueras

Gabriel García Higueras is a Lima-based historian and the author of Trotsky en el espejo de la historia (Trotsky in the mirror of history).  Today he’s talking to Kirsty about … Continue reading

July 12, 2011 · 4 Comments

Dispatches from the Little World: an interview with Alberto and Carlotta Guareschi

Giovanni Guareschi (1908-1968) is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for his stories about the village priest Don Camillo and his rival, the Communist mayor Peppone.  His prolific output … Continue reading

June 3, 2011 · 6 Comments

In Conversation with: Tim Bentinck

In the latest of our occasional series ‘In Conversation With’, we are delighted to welcome actor, author, songwriter, website designer and the voice of “Mind the Gap” on the Piccadilly … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · 14 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part II

For Part I, click here.  For Kirsty’s review of God’s Mechanics, click here. The idea of a religious university as they exist in the US is not a familiar one … Continue reading

November 11, 2010 · 9 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part I

Brother Guy Consolmagno is a planetary scientist, Jesuit brother and sci-fi enthusiast.  In addition to his own research, he is Co-ordinator for Public Relations at the Vatican Observatory and curator … Continue reading

November 10, 2010 · 12 Comments

In Conversation With: Martin Jarvis

Ask the fabled Man on the Clapham Omnibus to name an audiobook narrator and it’s odds-on that he’ll say ‘Martin Jarvis’.  Vulpes Libris was therefore delighted to be offered the … Continue reading

September 24, 2010 · 5 Comments



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