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.

As If! The Oral History of Clueless™ as told by Amy Hecklering, the Cast and the Crew [to] Jen Chaney

This book was brought out for the 20th anniversary of Clueless in 2015. I missed it then, but caught up with it at Jane’s 200th and have just read it … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As extreme weather batters parts of the planet, the Foxes take refuge in stories to stay calm. It works some of the time. This week we look at new interpretations … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chawton Matters – a Vulpes Libris Random

One of the loveliest things I Did On My Holidays was revisit Chawton – the Hampshire village that was home to Jane Austen for the last eight years of her … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week

This week VL takes on a lofty air as we dive into words, both the use of them in a technical way and the use of them by Masters of … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Longbourn, by Jo Baker

A Janeite’s review. Never say never, eh? Just a few years ago I was railing here during one of our Hatchet Job Weeks about my distaste for Jane Austen spin-offs. … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 10 Comments


Inclinations is a strange little tale about the charming Mabel Collins, who bewitches Miss Geraldine O’Brookomore, the noted biographer and aesthete. With Mrs Collins’s agreement they are to go to … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Two novelists on novelists: Jane Austen, by Margaret Kennedy; The Brontës, by Phyllis Bentley

When I reviewed Margaret Kennedy’s wonderful novel Troy Chimneys I noted her incursions into the world of Jane Austen and her clever use of a contemporary reader’s opinion of her. … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

Jude Morgan: A Little Folly

This is not, I’m afraid, going to be a review. I tried my best, but I cannot review this book. How would you review a pleasant day of June? How … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty crucial puzzles solved, by John Mullan

I have loved the works of Jane Austen since I was very young, and find her novels endlessly re-readable. I have never really stopped to wonder why that is. What … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 8 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

After last week, we are all reclining on chaise longues, fanning ourselves and making use of our smelling salts. Theme weeks get us thoroughly overexcited, so we are recovering this … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo – seeing Austen as you’ve (probably) never seen her before

After Jane Austen’s death, nearly three thousand of her letters were supposedly destroyed, taking with them the secrets of Jane’s life. But what did they hide? Austen scholar Emma Grant … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · 14 Comments

Thoughts on Losing a Favorite Author

While the Foxes were on summer break, the news arrived that Maeve Binchy had passed away, which caused me to shed some tears. She was an author I liked very … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 9 Comments

Death Comes To Pemberley by P. D. James – but doesn’t leave much of an impression

The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane … Continue reading

April 26, 2012 · 14 Comments



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