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.

The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

In her 1912 novel The Reef , Edith Wharton – that uncomfortably shrewd observer of the human condition – produced one of the finest descriptions of ‘life’ I’ve ever read. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Swordfish And The Star, by Gavin Knight

Without being planned, this has turned into a two-thirds complete Cornish theme week. Which is brilliant, as the insights into being inspired as a writer by Cornwall in Bookfox Moira’s … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

If I were to be so foolish as to try to encapsulate this week on Vulpes Libris, I might say something like ‘Surrealism bracketed by Cornwall’ … but I’m not … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Phillipa Ashley – Ten Years and counting …

It’ll be ten years in October since Phillipa Ashley’s first novel, Decent Exposure, was published in the UK. A year later, she became one of the very first interviewees of a fledgling Vulpes Libris … Continue reading

February 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

Soaring Flight. Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings

Peter Lanyon was one of many artists in the 20th century who took profound inspiration from Cornwall. It is not just the conventional beauties of its landscape, but the particular … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick

You always know what you’re going to get with a romantic novel, don’t you? – a great location, a feisty heroine, an interesting and hunky hero, difficulties to be overcome, … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick

Jude Warren is actually standing at the church door in her meringue-like wedding dress, with her bouquet in hand and flower girls all revved up and ready to go, when … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Miranda’s Mount, by Phillipa Ashley

So – a new novel by Vulpes Libris’s very good friend Phillipa Ashley is a real event for us. As a result, Moira, Ticky and Hilary were tugging Miranda’s Mount … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick

I’m a bit of a sucker for books with a well-defined sense of place, especially when that place is Cornwall – a county I loved and left some 30 years … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

Alfred Wallis, Artist and Mariner, by Robert Jones

Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), mariner and fisherman, who lived for most of his life in Cornwall and is most closely identified with St Ives, at the end of his life was … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 9 Comments

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

What I love about The Camomile Lawn is how it challenges our perceptions. When we look back at the 1940s, we make certain assumptions about the way people behaved and … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · 4 Comments

Ingo by Helen Dunmore

Mum phones, and everything begins. Once it starts you can’t stop it. I’m still clinging to the hope that the police and the coastguard will say we’re being stupid to … Continue reading

March 13, 2010 · 12 Comments



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