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.

Manawydan’s Glass Door (d’apres David Jones, 1931) by Heather Dohollau

This is a new poet to me and one I was happy to discover. Though born in Wales, she moved to France as a young woman and lived the rest … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, trans. by David Bellos

First things first: I made a small error in yesterday’s Coming Up post. This isn’t a Pushkin Classic, as it was only published in its original French a couple of … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Electric light in the darkness

I love science writing, especially by the really good science communicators who don’t dumb down too much, just enough to let us understand what they do for a living. Sometimes … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

I was lucky enough to be sent this by Gallic Books – the independent publisher bringing French literature to the UK. Almost as soon as I opened the parcel my … Continue reading

January 20, 2010 · 16 Comments

FRANCE WEEK: L’Etranger/ The Stranger (1942) by Albert Camus

I nervously decided to review The Stranger for our French week – nervously because I’m not sure what I have, if anything, to contribute to the thousands of pages of … Continue reading

July 20, 2008 · 16 Comments

FRANCE WEEK: Marguerite Duras: La pluie d’été / Summer Rain

Duras’ Le ravissement de Lol V. Stein was one of the first books I ever blogged about, and not much seems to have changed since then… For a writer I enjoy, … Continue reading

July 19, 2008 · 11 Comments

Death Is My Trade/ La Mort est mon métier (1954) by Robert Merle

Maybe it’s a little bit of a cheat to review a book that is, as far as I can tell, no longer in print in its English version but if … Continue reading

October 24, 2007 · 24 Comments



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