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.

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

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs website

When I discovered this website early in the summer, I was delighted. It was so offbeat, yet educational, that I was intrigued. And best of all it was about dinosaurs! … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

A is for Arsenic. The Poisons of Agatha Christie

It’s astonishing that this book had not been written before. It’s a study of the poisons deployed by Agatha Christie in a selection of her novels, written by a toxicologist … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures is a tremendous pun. It means the women who worked for NASA from the 1940s to send people into space and back again. It also means the numbers … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly’s father was an engineer, defying the odds stacked against him in segregation-era America. As she says in the introduction to her book, “as late as 1970, just … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The premise of this book is deceptively simple; to monitor the natural world in an area over the course of a year. The area being where the author lives near … Continue reading

September 7, 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

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

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

In hindsight, it’s difficult to gauge the full impact of certain books. One can view media reports from the time, but that doesn’t include conversations between regular people over phones, … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 5 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

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

Pterosaurs by Mark P. Witton

As a child, I loved dinosaurs. In fact one of the first books I took out of the school library after I learned to read was called “Animals of Yesterday … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

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