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 historical fictions that history tells us

The Historical Fictions Research Network had its second conference this weekend, in the splendid surroundings of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, home of the Meridian, south-east London. The Network … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

Historical Fiction Week on VL

Historical fiction is the closest thing we have to a time machine. When done right, it can transport you to another time and place as if a history book came … Continue reading

February 26, 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

Beyond the Northlands by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

‘In the centuries that followed the sacking of Lindisfarne, Norse ships of oak and iron transported these northern voyagers to all corners of the medieval word  and beyond, where they … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Let’s celebrate the migrant authors of English literature

One Day Without Us is a British grassroots campaign to celebrate the contributions that EU citizens and migrants from all over the world make and have made to daily British … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 8 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

The Vulpes Libris Den is truly international. The Bookfoxes inhabit physical dens in a number of countries across the world, yet at the same time we coexist in peace and … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Vulpes Libris classic: interview with novelist and Virginia Woolf expert, Susan Sellers

I didn’t quite know what to pick for my first Vulpes Libris Classic choice – Simon speaking, by the way – so I thought I’d go through the archive and … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 33 Comments

The gentle joy of R.C. Sherriff

I recently read two novels by R.C. Sherriff in fairly quick succession – The Fortnight in September (1931) and Greengates (1936) – having never read anything by him before; they were the … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 10 Comments

The Weatherhouse by Nan Shepherd and The Hills is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith

I picked up Nan Shepherd’s The Weatherhouse as I walked through Waterstones in Glasgow, attracted by its striking cover and intrigued by the opening sentence of its blurb – “The … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

Winter just keeps wintering, doesn’t it? (Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, in which case I can only assume that summer keeps summering.) At Fox HQ – spread rather thinly … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

‘Ada Sibelius is twelve years old and home-schooled. Her days are spent in a lab with her father Daivd – a computer science professor – and the brilliant minds of … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Isabel Dalhousie mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith.

Though the author is better known for his “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” line and deservedly so, he has a number of other series, one of which features Isabel Dalhousie, … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

Sometimes it feels like we are going backwards. In the introduction of her “personal selection” of the 21 women who shaped the history of Britain, Jenni Murray reminds us that … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

February has rolled around already and I’m still getting used to writing 2017 instead of 2016. I’ll probably get the hang of it by… ooh… October? Anyway, on with business. … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

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