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.

Antonia White’s Frost in May

The advance publicity for this review of Antonia White’s 1933 novel Frost In May warns that I am enraged. I’d be amazed if anyone reading this novel is not similarly … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 6 Comments

The Blue-Air-Ride Trilogy by Lisa Glass

Today is publication day for the third book in Lisa Glass’s YA surfing trilogy, with Ride finally joining the hugely successful Blue and Air to complete the rollercoaster story of Zeke and Iris.  … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 5 Comments

A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy by Charlotte Greig

I picked up this book for light relief. I wanted something quick and easy to read and given the pink swirls on the front cover, I thought this book would … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · 6 Comments

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

One thing you can say about David Mitchell is that he refuses to be put into a box. Although this is only the second book of his that I’ve ever … Continue reading

August 4, 2010 · 5 Comments

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

I believe in Chloe and chocolate. I believe the best part is always before. I believe that most girls are shifty and most guys are dumb. I believe the more … Continue reading

May 3, 2010 · 7 Comments



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