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.

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

A VL Classic, first posted in July of 2016 Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear

This is a book which almost defies description. It’s a memoir, yes, but that’s only a part of it.There’s lists, anecdotes, quotes from books and movies(but not the usual ones) … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt

As a person who has had aquariums for over 20 years, I was eager to read this book about a fish that some consider the most expensive in the world. … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

One of the reasons I like this poem, which you can read here , is because it’s lighthearted. So much poetry is dark and deep, so it’s a lovely surprise … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Books to Distract Us

The appalling U.S. election and some sad events in our personal lives have left the Book Foxes looking for diversions and of course, our main method would involve books. We … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 6 Comments

The Swordfish And The Star, by Gavin Knight

Without being planned, this has turned into a two-thirds complete Cornish theme week. Which is brilliant, as the insights into being inspired as a writer by Cornwall in Bookfox Moira’s … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl

Hope Jahren is a scientist, now based in Hawai’i, but she’s worked in and built laboratories all over the USA. She’s a plant scientist, a palaeobotanist and geobiologist, searching for … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so much in Walden, which could’ve been written by any … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chaldon Herring: The Powys Circle in a Dorset Village

Judith Stinton’s 1988 study of the Powys brothers and sisters when they lived in the Dorset village of Chaldon Herring in the 1920s and 1930s, is not for beginners in the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 6 Comments

Ursula Buchan’s A Green and Pleasant Land

Ursula Buchan (yes, one of John Buchan’s grand-daughters), trained as a gardener after taking a degree in history, and was the Spectator’s gardening correspondent for twenty years. This is certainly not her … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Coming Up this week– and in 2015

Happy New Year! Though there may be stray whisps of tinsel unknowingly clinging to our hair, the Foxes are back from their Yuletide celebrations. Decorations put away, wrapping paper rolled … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Polar North

This book about living with the Greenland Inuit mixes travel with linguistics and anthropology, but is mostly about how people live in the frozen north. Much like Laurens Van Der … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

In the Northern hemisphere, we are well into autumn which is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Our offerings are as varied … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sea Room, by Adam Nicolson

The Shiants, pronounced Shants, are three little tiny specks of islands. Two of them Eilean Garbh (Rough Island) and Eilean an Tighe (the Isle of the House) are joined by … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

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