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.

Dreams of the Good Life. The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford, by Richard Mabey

I was brought up on Lark Rise to Candleford. Juniper Hill, the real-life hamlet on which Lark Rise is based, is about 15 miles from where I grew up, and … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

Now All Roads Lead To France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, by Matthew Hollis

Late in life, I find I’m coming to poetry that I hadn’t noticed before. Of course I know Adlestrop, that matchless image of a train stopping at a little village … Continue reading

September 14, 2011 · 10 Comments

Rural Rides, by William Cobbett

I was inspired to pick up my copy of Rural Rides when I heard of the death of that great radical of my time, Michael Foot. Foot and Cobbett did … Continue reading

March 10, 2010 · 20 Comments



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