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.

Coming Up:Week of Calm

A few weeks ago, British Fox Kate suggested a week of calm and peaceful posts to counter the strong feelings surrounding the snap election in the UK. We all thought … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fell by Jenn Ashworth

Alluring, ephemeral and deadly, Morecambe Bay dominates the coastal areas of south Cumbria and north west Lancashire. No-one who has ever travelled by train between Oxenholme and Lancaster can forget … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

Upon seeing the title, a prospective reader might imagine a couple of artists having fisticuffs, with paint splattering across the walls.But the sensationalist title belies the meaning the author ascribes … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Frank O’Connor: An Only Child & My Father’s Son

I started reading this pair of autobiographies by the Irish short story writer and giant among modern Irish literature, Frank O’Connor, without really knowing much about him. I’d read some … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Foxes’ tails come in all shapes and sizes, and very few more beautiful than this gorgeous seed-head of Foxtail grass. It has been a week of plant-consciousness, what with the … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs. The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co., by Jeremy Mercer

For any visitor to Paris of a bookish inclination, a visit to Shakespeare And Company to purchase at least one book is an absolute must. My proud possession is my … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Vulpes Random: Ebooks – Where are the Gatekeepers and Does it Matter?

Back in May 2012, we had a fortnight devoted to ebooks. I thought I’d resurrect Rosy’s post on the gatekeepers  (or lack thereof) of ebooks… There have been few subjects … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

Discovering Beverley

I decided that I loved Beverley Nichols before I read a word by him. I think I first came across the name in a small shop in Pershore, Worcestershire (no, … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 6 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Better late than never, isn’t it? I kept forgetting to do this ‘coming up’ post, because I was busy avoiding writing a conference paper – and then I remembered and … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Incident of the Poem at the Festival

It wasn’t my fault. I was eight years old, a natural mimic and I always did as I was told. The only thing I remember about the whole affair is the … Continue reading

May 19, 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

Persian Poems selected and edited by Peter Washington

There is no other way of putting it. I was expecting mysticism and intricate illusions to hidden truths in the Everyman anthology of Persian Poems. Instead I found myself in … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Poems from Oby, by George MacBeth

A few weeks ago I shared here my discovery that the tiny settlement of Oby in the Norfolk Broads had a dual literary heritage – the setting for Sylvia Townsend … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to our 9th Annual Poetry Week! It’s the week every spring where Vulpes Libris highlights the undervalued art of verse. This year we have a bit more of a … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

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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.)