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 Foxes sort Christmas …

Stuck for a Christmas present ideas?  Time (and money) rapidly running out?  Need inspiration? Fear not and look no further.  We have solved all your Christmas gift problems at one … Continue reading

December 14, 2008 · 8 Comments

Everything Must Go by Elizabeth Flock

I am of two, very divided minds about this book. It is the story of Henry Powell who is blamed for a tragic family accident which occured when he was … Continue reading

June 22, 2008 · 9 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: Emma Darwin On Why Literary Fiction is Worth It

As a counterpoint to Clare Sudbery’s piece last week “In Praise of Popular Culture”, on the Soapbox this week we have the author of “The Mathematics of Love” and soon-to-be-released … Continue reading

June 5, 2008 · 52 Comments

The Known World by Edward P Jones

The Known World opens in the years before the American Civil War with the death of Henry Townsend, a freed slave who, at the time of his death at 31 … Continue reading

May 6, 2008 · 4 Comments

Interview with Susan Barrett – author of Fixing Shadows and The Inconstant Husband

Today we’re lucky enough to have an interview with Susan Barrett – a very talented writer of historical fiction. I first discovered Fixing Shadows on Leena’s recommendation and was very … Continue reading

April 30, 2008 · 10 Comments

Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey

As part of our ‘Wilderness Week‘ series: Sylvanus Now is a fisherman, living in Newfoundland in the 1950s, ‘poor at book learning’, but who knows and loves this savage sea … Continue reading

April 22, 2008 · 13 Comments



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