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.

Frank O’Connor: An Only Child & My Father’s Son

I started reading this pair of autobiographies by the Irish short story writer and giant among modern Irish literature, Frank O’Connor, without really knowing much about him. I’d read some … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

A Line Made By Walking, by Sara Baume

This is the second novel in my 2017 challenge to read a work of literary fiction every month by a novelist new to me; this one is a little late, … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Best of Myles, by Flann O’Brien

Since you ask, yes, I am reading mainly funny books at the moment – I am badly in need of fun. Is it working? Yes, I think on balance it … Continue reading

April 6, 2011 · 19 Comments

Ghosts and Lightning, by Trevor Byrne

This review contains strong language. “What d’yeh do when yer ma’s gone, like?” Denny asks on page 6 of Ghosts and Lightning and in the rest of the book Denny … Continue reading

July 12, 2009 · 7 Comments

Queen of the Wits: a life of Laetitia Pilkington, by Norma Clarke.

This review is a personal reaction by a non-historian – I find the 18th century a foreign country; even though I have done some literary and historical research into the … Continue reading

April 2, 2009 · 4 Comments



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