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.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

The post appeared first on Vulpes Libris in June 2016. Maus is Art Spiegelman’s graphic memoir of his father Vladek, a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor. It was published originally in two … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

In her 1912 novel The Reef , Edith Wharton – that uncomfortably shrewd observer of the human condition – produced one of the finest descriptions of ‘life’ I’ve ever read. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Amazing Grace

This 2007 biography of the anti-slavery campaigner and British politician of the eighteenth century, William Wilberforce, begins with a foreword from the then President of Wilberforce University, which he describes … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 10 Comments

Coming Up This Week….and in 2017

We’re back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Break and are welcoming in the new year. The Foxes have Big Plans for 2017, not least, because it will be our … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Autumn is waning, and on Thursday the (meteorological, northern hemisphere) winter will hit with its usual icy gut-punch, and many of the Bookfoxes will take shelter and curl up under … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Granny, what did daddy do in the war?


November 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Carole Blake

Yesterday, the publishing world was stunned by the news of the sudden death of Carole Blake, co-founder of the Literary Agency Blake Friedmann and author of the perennial best seller, … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 18 Comments

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

“My love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep.” Set on the Andalusian coast, where 25-year-old Sofia has accompanied her mother in an attempt to get … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming Up On Vulpes Libris

Autumn is definitely on its way at last, after summer fooled us for a day or three in September. Time to curl up on the sofa with the proverbial good … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Writing books and eating cake

Blog post by Lisa Glass I recently released the final book in my beach trilogy (Blue – Air – Ride) and while much of the writing was done at home … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Notable Woman. The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt, edited by Simon Garfield

How do you edit forty-five exercise books of diary into a readable account of one woman’s life? Had Jean Lucey Pratt been an important politician, or a fabulously careful recorder of … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

“I wake to the sound of wind and rain scolding at the window. I can see from my bed a dirty brown rug of heather, mud and skeletal oak trees. … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wishing for Winter by K. Eason

When your husband turns into a troll hiding under the dissertation bridge, you get very good at doing things by yourself. But I could only do so much yoga and … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Summer Break …

It’s that time of year again, gentle readers … the Den is deserted, the neighbours are coming in to feed the goldfish and the only sign anyone was ever here … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment



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