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.

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

“Allegra! … Isn’t that lovely?” Names in Barbara Pym’s novels

A few months ago, I reviewed Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women here, and shared my delight in discovering what she did with the name of one of its characters. So, when … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 11 Comments

Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym

I’m not sure if Barbara Pym’s acclaimed novel Excellent Women really needs another review, but on the off-chance that any readers are out there who have not discovered her work, … Continue reading

December 2, 2011 · 14 Comments

This Week on Vulpes Libris …

We don’t generally blow our own trumpet, but last week, in the wee small hours of Friday morning, Vulpes Libris clocked up 1,000,000 page views.  Even allowing for the fact … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 2 Comments

A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym – of quiet amusement and kindnesses

Wilmet Forsyth is well dressed, well looked after, suitably husbanded, good-looking and fairly young – but very bored. Her sober husband Rodney, who works at the Ministry, is slightly balder … Continue reading

November 25, 2010 · 22 Comments

Coming Up This Week

We have a nice variety for our readers this week; some old favorites, some slightly scary stuff and some surprises. As the weather grows chilly in the Northern Hemisphere, curling … Continue reading

November 21, 2010 · Leave a comment



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