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.

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures is a tremendous pun. It means the women who worked for NASA from the 1940s to send people into space and back again. It also means the numbers … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Giovanni’s Room

I took part in a book pyramid scheme recently. It was a send-it-back, upside-down-tree-connections thing, running through Facebook. My friend D recruited me, so I sent a book to her … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 6 Comments

Barbara Pym’s Jane and Prudence

I’ve read Barbara Pym’s Jane and Prudence several times. I got rid of my copy four years ago by making a present of it to a friend, because I thought … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 7 Comments

Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

This is the first Colm Tóibín novel I’ve read. I’ve been circling around his books for some years, after hearing (and liking very much) his readings aloud on radio and … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 5 Comments

Silent Noon

Guest poster Holly has been considering Trilby Kent’s new novel Silent Noon. (Disclosure: Trilby used to be a Book Fox, waaaaay back in the day, but Holly didn’t know that.) This novel … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

So French

Les Belles Amours by Marie Louse Lévêque de Vilmorin was dedicated to Orson Welles, with whom the author had a long affair. She was also engaged briefly to Antoine de … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Ancient Light, by John Banville

This is the first novel I have read by John Banville. (*Pauses to let shocked gasps subside*). It might not have been the best choice to read his latest novel … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 10 Comments

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

As a rule, I usually don’t like satirical writing, the exaggeration too extreme for me to connect to. That’s why I was surprised when I brought this novel home. The … Continue reading

July 11, 2011 · 2 Comments

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Home is, in a sense, Marilynne Robinson’s companion to Gilead, which was published in 2004 to a good deal of critical attention and a couple of prestigious literary prizes. It … Continue reading

June 4, 2010 · 8 Comments

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

I didn’t like this book when I was reading it, it’s full of irritating characters in a shallow era, but it’s been days since I finished it and I still … Continue reading

November 16, 2009 · 4 Comments

Histoires inédites du Petit Nicolas, vol 1, by Goscinny and Sempé

Reviewer’s note: While translations of the other Nicolas books exist, I am unaware of any English translation for this collection.  All translations in this article are my own.  I would … Continue reading

May 15, 2009 · 7 Comments

The Golden Notebook ~ by Doris Lessing

Part of Bohemian Week. Kirsty had hoped to be with us today with her piece on Kris Kristofferson, but circumstances have conspired against her (a combination of a nasty travel … Continue reading

April 21, 2009 · 11 Comments



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