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.

George Orwell’s Letters, Essays, Journalism

  I told my English teacher brother-in-law that I’d bought the four-volume 1968 edition of George Orwell’s Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters, as edited by Sonia Orwell (volume 3 was … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

50 Games to Play With Your Cat

Guest reviewer Holly trials 50 Games To Play With Your Cat, by Jackie Strachan I wasn’t a cat person until I got a cat. In fact Mia wasn’t even my cat, it … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Jewel Garden – Monty and Sarah Don

A Story of Despair and Redemption ‘A wave of intense sadness soaked through me. I felt completely alone. I sat quietly for a minute or two gathering myself, unable to … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 5 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

Forks and Feathers

Two recent nonfiction reads that were excellent and very enjoyable.   The Thing With Feathers by Noah Strycker One of the best books on birds I’ve read in a long … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds

A few weeks ago, with an hour to kill before a play at the National Theatre, I did what any Bookfox would and spent it browsing in Foyles Bookshop. As … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

The Natural History of Selborne – Gilbert White

“The Parish of Selborne lies in the extreme eastern corner of the county of Hampshire, bordering on the count of Sussex, and not far from the county of Surrey; it … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 3 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

Ohio in Historic Postcards:Self Portrait of a State by H. Roger Grant

My sister and I enjoy attending antique shows and inevitably, there is always a table selling postcards. We always stop and browse and sometimes add to our own small collections. … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Three about animals

A trio of nonfiction animal books, about dogs, cats and chickens. AlphaCat by Gabriella and Paola Gallerani This slim and beautiful volume has a two pronged appeal, those who love … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

This book has knocked me sideways. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that was so deeply felt, and deeply thought, nor one I read with so … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 12 Comments



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