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.

A hundred years on: Trotsky on 1917

One hundred years ago today, by the old Gregorian calendar that was then still in force, the October Revolution took place. The event is simply too big and complex to … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Old English with Mandy and Paul of ClickityLit

What Does Þæt Mean?! Ure æghwylc sceal ende gebidanworolde lifes; wyrce se þe motedomes ær deaþe; þæt bið drihtgumanunlifgendum æfter selest. (Beowulf) Old English can seem intimidatingly foreign to the … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic. Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door

I’d heard good things about this anthology before Vulpes Libris was offered a copy, so I grabbed it. It’s a miscellany from Saqi Books, consisting of dialogues, short stories, art … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Pontius Pilate Project

A week from today, I’ll be starting a new course: an MPhil in New Testament studies. My dissertation project is about Pontius Pilate, specifically his representation in the accounts of … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 6 Comments

My Visit to Longleat House

(By guest writer, Stranger) Back in the mid seventies, I was in the midst of an unhappy divorce. My ex husband was in the Air Force and we were stationed … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

Transmission and interpretation: the case of Josephus

In studying anything to do with ancient history, the first thing you learn is that the preservation of texts is a haphazard affair. Sometimes the only reason the corpus of … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – by Frederick Douglass

He who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me. He who is … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

NIGEL: My Family and Other Dogs by Monty Don

‘OK – Monty, just come around the corner with the barrow, pick up the pot, say your stuff to camera A, put the pot in the barrow and throw to … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 3 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

The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh

The Great Reformer is a substantial book. 480 pages in the new UK paperback edition, including notes, acknowledgements and a thorough overview of the sources, this biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

I love Twitter. Seriously. I love it. I’ve been on it since December 2008, and I look at it every day. In fact, you should follow me: @theotherkirsty. I don’t actually tweet … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Christ Stopped At Eboli, by Carlo Levi

I’m continuing to explore my newly-found obsession with Italy (having discovered how pathetically little I know about a country that is coming to mean so much to me). Christ Stopped … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

H is for Horse

I called her. I had lost hope in her coming but I called her all the same. And she flew to me. She flew like a promise finally kept. She … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 6 Comments

Newman on Kingsley on Newman: Apologia pro vita sua

First of all, an apology. Today’s post was supposed to be a review of Ian Ker’s Newman on Vatican II. Unfortunately, life intervened, so what I can offer today is much … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

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