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.

Fieramente il libro Literary Festival

Guest post from Maria Grazia Spila, on the Fieramente Literary Festival, Italy Books and writers have always fascinated me since I was a child, as soon as I could read … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Christ Stopped At Eboli, by Carlo Levi

I’m continuing to explore my newly-found obsession with Italy (having discovered how pathetically little I know about a country that is coming to mean so much to me). Christ Stopped … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

Never Coming Home by Evonne Wareham

Imagine, if you will, an unlikely collaboration between Katie Fforde and Lee Child: a novel in which a  garden designer with a fabulous figure and two gold medals from the … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

Travels with Edith

When I reviewed Edith Templeton’s travel book The Surprise of Cremona back in the Spring, I said that I would be taking her on holiday with me to Italy later … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 12 Comments

The Surprise of Cremona, by Edith Templeton

I am planning a holiday later this year to Ravenna and Urbino, and a kind friend made me a present of this 1950s travel book that includes both places. I … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · 13 Comments

Dispatches from the Little World: an interview with Alberto and Carlotta Guareschi

Giovanni Guareschi (1908-1968) is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for his stories about the village priest Don Camillo and his rival, the Communist mayor Peppone.  His prolific output … Continue reading

June 3, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Italian Matchmaker by Santa Montefiore

Subjecting The Italian Matchmaker to the same level of critical analysis as, say, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (coming soon to a book blog near you …) … Continue reading

April 22, 2010 · 3 Comments

Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant

I picked up Sarah Dunant’s ‘Sacred Hearts’ this Christmas, thinking it would be a perfect holiday read. It is the first of her novels that I have read; the reviews … Continue reading

January 14, 2010 · 12 Comments



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