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 Pontius Pilate Project

A week from today, I’ll be starting a new course: an MPhil in New Testament studies. My dissertation project is about Pontius Pilate, specifically his representation in the accounts of … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 6 Comments

A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

Sometimes it feels like we are going backwards. In the introduction of her “personal selection” of the 21 women who shaped the history of Britain, Jenni Murray reminds us that … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly’s father was an engineer, defying the odds stacked against him in segregation-era America. As she says in the introduction to her book, “as late as 1970, just … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

As for me, if I stumble, the mercies of God shall be my eternal salvation. If I stagger because of the sin of flesh, my justification shall be by the … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

Graphic Novels Week on VL

When I was younger, comic books were flimsy things full of muscular superheroes. At some point in the last quarter century, they became much more substantial, not just as physical … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up This Week

We’re cooking with gas this week on Vulpes Libris! On Monday, Jackie follows John Grisham’s evolution through Gray Mountain. On Wednesday, Sharon enjoys a novel set in Spain before the civil war. … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times by Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor is a well-respected historian and writer, and is a Professor at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of several books, including an award-winning work on … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Coming Up as June Begins

The beginning of June is considered the start of summer, so it’s appropriate that we have a post on the very summery sport of surfing, as Book Fox Lisa launches … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Interview with Michael Broers: Part II

At the end of Part I of this interview with Napoleon expert Michael Broers, we left Napoleon in Paris: aimless, depressed, and stuck at the Topographic Bureau. Join us now as … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

VL Q&A: Chris Ward, author of Living on the Western Front (Annals and Stories, 1914-1919)

What I wanted to do was disrupt narrative structures and upset realist expectations by imitating an early-medieval annalist… but it proved impossible. In the first place because every sentence is … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

First World War, a website

We are so used to thinking of WW1 as a precursor for the Second, that it’s a bit startling to find something devoted only to that “war to end all … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Pleasures of the Imagination

This book by John Brewer (a reissue from its 1997 incarnation) is a monster. It’s a huge, magnificently illustrated and pleasingly well produced slab of a book on eighteenth-century British … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 6 Comments

Singapore high-rise

Lee Jing-Jing’s novel If I Could Tell You is haunting, affectionate, honest, and placidly down-to-earth. I couldn’t put it down: her writing is beautifully subtle, and the story winds you … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 6 Comments

It’s complicated

When I was 14 or so, the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and I thought, this is it, the next world war. I remained nervous about the Middle East at the back … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

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