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.

Thursday soapbox: Hooray for chicklit!

by the Hon Ticky Dogge-Hare It all started, you see, when my lovely but terribly serious old school chum Charlie invited me to one of her awful dinner parties. Now, … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 9 Comments

Soapbox:Why Do Animals Always Die in Childrens Books?

After reading fellow Book Fox RosyB’s essay on the books of her childhood, I began thinking of mine. Having similar interests, we each read animal books, but I noticed something … Continue reading

August 29, 2011 · 19 Comments

Soapbox: Larger than Life Characters and the Curse of the “Relatable”

Like nearly everyone else I became hooked  on The Killing. The Danish drama series that held the country in thrall for 20 hour-long episodes was unusual in many ways. It … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · 6 Comments

Monday Soapbox: Epic Novels

The word ‘epic’ is trendy now. It’s replaced “fab”, “phat” and “awesome” as a description for something superior. But shows the original meaning to be “an episode in the … Continue reading

March 21, 2011 · 11 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: J. David Simons on writing historical fiction and minimizing the research

Article by J. David Simons, author of The Liberation of Celia Kahn and The Credit Draper. I have written two works of historical fiction – The Credit Draper and The … Continue reading

March 3, 2011 · 19 Comments

Save Our Libraries: Theresa Breslin tells us why it’s so important

With “more than 400 libraries under threat of closure” (Guardian website),  the 5th February saw people turning out all over the UK for the Save Our Libraries Day. Edinburgh’s protest … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 7 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: Madness & Art

By Mark Buckland, MD of Cargo Publishing. Several months ago, I found myself in a conversation with a journalist at a networking event. I’d had a few drinks and was … Continue reading

October 28, 2010 · 14 Comments

Monday Soapbox: My Passion for Libraries

I LOVE libraries! There, I’ve said it. It ought to be on a billboard, in neon or blinking from the Goodyear blimp. On a bumper sticker: I heart libraries. *blissful … Continue reading

August 23, 2010 · 12 Comments

Confessions of an inconsistent booklover

Aliya Whiteley’s enjoyable soapbox, “Heads Up, Spines Out” triggered the same impulse in me which – I suspect – affected many of its readers.  I immediately looked at my own … Continue reading

May 8, 2010 · 6 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: Oh, Those Founding Fathers

Article by Ken A look at the American history section of any bookstore brings with it a familiar sight. The smiling (or heroic, depending on the subject matter of the … Continue reading

April 8, 2010 · 5 Comments

Thursday Soapbox by Aliya Whiteley: Heads up, Spines Out

Heads up, Spines Out I have a favourite bookcase; my father made it. On it I place my most beloved books. It sits in the living room, where I hope … Continue reading

April 1, 2010 · 6 Comments

Thursday Soapbox:A Fondness for Field Guides

One of the first books I remember owning is a Golden Nature Guide to Mammals by Herbert S. Zim. My family was poor, so buying a book was rare, this … Continue reading

February 25, 2010 · 10 Comments

Into the Twilight Zone

Article by Guest Reviewer, Samantha Tonge. I first entered the Twilight Zone three weeks ago, when my husband went away on business. It was a long time coming. For a … Continue reading

December 11, 2009 · 25 Comments

Thursday Soapbox:The Perfect Book Store

This is the time of year most people go to book stores. This is the time of year I usually avoid bookstores. Statistics show that at least 50% of book … Continue reading

December 3, 2009 · 20 Comments



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