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.

A hundred years on: Trotsky on 1917

One hundred years ago today, by the old Gregorian calendar that was then still in force, the October Revolution took place. The event is simply too big and complex to … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams – Alan Cumming

Last year I listened to the unabridged audio version of Alan Cumming’s memoir Not My Father’s Son. It was an incredibly moving book about the abuse he suffered at the hands … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Barleycorn by Jack London

Guest reviewer: Diana Birchall. I’ve been trying to write a memoir about my father, but have come to realize how little I know about alcoholism in the early 20th century. … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey

Whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, however you are reading this blog post, stop and take a look around you. Look at all the ways the light gets in. Whether … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming

I’m not usually one for celebrity autobiographies. There are so many of them, generally with very little to say. Every so often, though, one comes along that seems to sit … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 5 Comments

Not as Dorothy would have liked it.

by Edward Petherbridge. We are very pleased to welcome Edward back, following his hugely popular interview with us (here) earlier this year. In an exclusive extract from his forthcoming autobiography … Continue reading

September 23, 2008 · 25 Comments

The Queen of Bohemia, by Dulcie Deamer

I can’t remember exactly how I came across this book, but it was almost certainly the serendipitous result of extensive WILFing (for those unfamiliar with the term, I believe it … Continue reading

December 9, 2007 · 5 Comments



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