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.

Great Castles by Peter Roberts

At first glance, this looks to be just another coffee table book with pretty pictures. And it is that, but there’s more to it. For one thing, there’s more castles … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 2 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

Hawksmoor, by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor (1985) doesn’t really need another review, having been around and acclaimed for 30 years. This is more of a personal reflection on reading the book for the … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

Lost Buildings: Demolished, Destroyed, Imagined, Reborn, by Jonathan Glancey

I first saw this book and turned its pages with delight in the London Review Bookshop, on a day when I couldn’t possibly contemplate an impulse buy like this – … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 5 Comments

Pages of sumptuous privilege

This gazetteer of the most august of London’s gentleman’s clubs is simply beautiful. I had to read it on my netbook since the publisher had run out of review copies, … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry, by Andrew Saint

Article by Michael Carley Without engineers nothing would stand up; without architects, we would not want it to. The world we live in is the world engineers have made;  the … Continue reading

January 8, 2009 · 6 Comments



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