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.

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

Our Betty: Scenes from my Life by Liz Smith

Anyone looking for a traditional autobiography won’t find one here. This series of vignettes, illustrated by the author herself, starts with her next-door-neighbour and ends with Jimmy the donkey via … Continue reading

November 3, 2010 · 4 Comments

Dear Me: A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self, edited by Joseph Galliano

Sorry for the delay, folks. Technical difficulties! Dear Me is a pretty fantastic idea really. After all, who wouldn’t take up the chance to write a letter to themselves when … Continue reading

March 27, 2010 · 10 Comments

At My Mother’s Knee… And Other Low Joints by Paul O’Grady

To my mind, there are two kinds of celebrity autobiography. The sparkly sort – by Colleen Rooney or Jordan/Katie Price – characterised by a youthful ‘author’ and often sold under … Continue reading

October 14, 2009 · 6 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: Celebrity Autobiographies – A Secret Pleasure. By Samantha Tonge

Celebrity Autobiographies – A Secret Pleasure In recent years there has been much disquiet in literary circles over the increasing popularity of celebrity autobiographies. Or, more to the point, over … Continue reading

June 19, 2008 · 24 Comments



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