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.

Sword of Bone by Anthony Rhodes Bretherton Khaki or Field Grey? by W.F. Morris

I was going to write two reviews for these books and then decided to write one instead. Both books, I felt, shared a common theme which, despite their settings – … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

As If! The Oral History of Clueless™ as told by Amy Hecklering, the Cast and the Crew [to] Jen Chaney

This book was brought out for the 20th anniversary of Clueless in 2015. I missed it then, but caught up with it at Jane’s 200th and have just read it … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Ring of Words by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner

Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary In his magisterial overview of the history of the Oxford English Dictionary Peter Gilliver touched briefly and tantalizingly on the part J R R … Continue reading

September 8, 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 · 2 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 · Leave a comment

Group Post:What We Read on Our Summer Break

Though the Foxes were recently on Summer Break, that didn’t mean we took a break from reading. Goodness gracious, no. Some of us did take some fun trips to exotic … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Two Journeys, Memoirs by Gabourey Sidibe and Rosamund Burton

Recently I read two books that were quite different; one was a memoir, the other a travel book and I was struck at how they each were accounts of a … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Plagiarist in the Kitchen. A Lifetime’s Culinary Thefts, by Jonathan Meades

When Bookfox Kate proposed this theme week, I stuck my hand in the air immediately and cried ‘Me me me!’. After all, one of the first pieces I ever wrote … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Footprints in time …

My mother was born in a two-up, two-down, end-of-terrace house in the pretty market town of Ampthill in Bedfordshire. The money for the rent, the gas meter and the milkman … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · 13 Comments

Christina Ward, Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration

This is a hefty Mid-West cookbook and instruction manual on how to preserve your fruit and veg in jars. It’s most definitely written for North Americans, by a Master Food … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris: Cookbooks

This morning I was picking black mulberries in my garden. This sounds very English, but it was in Brussels, though the tree was originally English. It was a present from friends … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

Vincent by Barbara Stok

A VL Classic (reposted). As a long time Vincent van Gogh fan, imagine how thrilled I was to find this graphic novel about the last few years of his life, … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 5 Comments

The Aspirin Age, edited by Isabel Leighton

The Aspirin Age was published in the U.S.A. in 1949, four years after the Second World War ended. In twenty-two specially commissioned essays it looked backwards over the decades that … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris:

Temperatures in Spain are climbing again from the unseasonably fresh weather of the last week. Today the mercury will brush thirty degrees centigrade, up from the welcome twenty-three of the … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)