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.

SLIM CHANCES by Edward Petherbridge

I believe this may be a Vulpes Libris first. In the past we have inadvertently – and just once to my knowledge –  had different people reviewing the same book … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Coming Up this week

As autumn and the year, wind down, we revisit some books; a new edition, an author’s reputation and a historical event. Plus some surprises from some of the Foxes. As … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Kind of Salvation: ‘My Perfect Mind’

(A Vulpes Random ….) . Th’untuned and jarring senses, O, wind up Of this child-changed father. King Lear, Act IV, sc. Vii . Love’s mysteries in souls do grow But … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

How was it for you? … #2

Brother Guy Consolmagno is a planetary scientist, Jesuit brother and sci-fi enthusiast.  In addition to his own research, he is Co-ordinator for Public Relations at the Vatican Observatory and curator … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · 5 Comments

Of Muffled Trumpets and Meaningless Legs: Shakespeare in Performance

By Edward Petherbridge. Shakespeare wrote a part for a dog (that of Crab in The Two Gentlemen of Verona), whilst Laurence Olivier, in an essay on his production of Antony … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

Slim Chances and Unscheduled Appearances by Edward Petherbridge

 “The portrayal of real life on the stage is too important to be managed without the use of long-practised artifice, magic, imagination, ritual and masquerade …” (Chapter 28:  A Plea … Continue reading

October 4, 2011 · 12 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

  The Book Foxes are making the most of the last rays of summer. Some of us are walking around country gardens, admiring sunflowers and hoping they won’t be beheaded … Continue reading

October 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Vulpes Revisited: Murder at the Old Red Lion

by Edward Petherbridge (First published on Vulpes Libris oon the 26th of January 2010). From the 1st to the 31st of December last year, Edward was appearing in Tom Stoppard’s … Continue reading

January 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

Coming Up This Week

Lots of variety this week on VL; we have music, romance and social commentary. Plus poetry and kittens. Much food for thought on these cold winter days. Monday-Jackie finds some … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

KING LEAR: A Kitchen Table Meditation by Edward Petherbridge

In the summer of 2007, Edward Petherbridge travelled to New Zealand to play King Lear on stage, but fell ill after the first rehearsal.  The role had to be recast … Continue reading

November 18, 2010 · 7 Comments

Coming Up: Shakespeare Week

You knew it had to happen. Eventually, the Foxes would turn their sights on the person some consider the greatest writer in the English language. Yes, it’s Shakespeare Week on … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · 1 Comment

Talking Books: Audiobooks month – the Foxes Reflect

If you’re thinking that the Bookfoxes had all this month mapped out with time to spare, and gave a cursory glance to each day’s post muttering “we knew that” – … Continue reading

September 28, 2010 · 5 Comments

The Narrator’s Art: Part Two – Edward Petherbridge

As part of our Audiobook Month – ‘Talking Books’ – we decided to put the same five basic questions to Jay Benedict, Stephen Greif and Edward Petherbridge, all of whom … Continue reading

September 20, 2010 · 4 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris…

TALKING BOOKS: AUDIOBOOK MONTH ON VULPES LIBRIS – WEEK THREE We hope you’re still enjoying our audiobooks theme as we have another two weeks of it remaining, hip hip hooray! … Continue reading

September 19, 2010 · 2 Comments



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