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.

What Are The Sicilian Vespers? A Vulpes Libris Random

Or do I mean What Is The Sicilian Vespers? If not, I might mean What Were The Sicilian Vespers, or What Was Etc. Etc. For the purposes of this piece, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chawton Matters – a Vulpes Libris Random

One of the loveliest things I Did On My Holidays was revisit Chawton – the Hampshire village that was home to Jane Austen for the last eight years of her … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

Postcard from another world – a Vulpes Libris Random

Life lesson – never volunteer again to write a post for Vulpes Libris on the day after an election, especially when the broad overall theme is keeping calm in stressful … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Vulpes Random: On marking a poetry exam

I collect my share of the poetry exam scripts, put them in my bike pannier, and cycle home. I put them on the table, close my laptop to avoid distracting emails, find … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Norfolk Literary Crossroads (a Vulpes Libris Random)

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel The Corner That Held Them (which I love with a passion – though it does divide opinion, as Bookfox Simon will attest) is set in the … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

316 Years Without Us – a Vulpes Libris Random

For many years I have been a trustee of the oldest (probably) public lending library in England. Founded in 1701 as the Reigate Publick Library, it is now known (after … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery – a Vulpes Libris Random.

If you are in range of London between now and next February, I encourage, indeed urge you to visit the V&A and see the current exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 7 Comments

Vulpes Random: Everything you need to know about Georgette Heyer’s novels

My younger daughter, aged 18 and a half, has just fallen headlong into Georgette Heyer, and is spending her summer browsing my collection. Occasionally she reports back to me, in … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Where Was Wych Street? A Vulpes Libris Random

My life is governed by coincidence. About a week ago I was due to go to the theatre in London (The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess – hilariously … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · 8 Comments

Women proposing marriage to men in fiction – a Vulpes Libris Random

It had never occurred to me before to make these connections, but this year, just before and just after 29th February, I came across two instances in fiction of women … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Write for us!

We’re coming up to the deadline for the VL 2,000,000th view writing competition, all details to be seen here. Reasons why writing for VL is life-enhancing and good for the … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

Grenoble: where short stories are right up your street. A Vulpes Libris Random.

I hope that one of the messages of our latest Vulpes Libris Short Story Week is that short stories are alive and well and gaining new readers all the time. … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Vulpes Random: Jurassic Jesuits

Alix Montague has written a solemnly ludicrous narrative of the adventures of four nineteenth-century Jesuit priests shipwrecked off the coast of South America, in fine High Victorian style. Into the … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

14th Century Bookfoxes – a Vulpes Libris Random

Tumblr, where it is not akin to a seething pit of vipers, contains some absolute gems. One of them has the title Discarding Images. It exists to share with us … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 3 Comments



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