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.

Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane – continued

At least three Bookfoxes are devotees of Dorothy L Sayers and all things Wimsey and Vane. What could be better than an equally devoted author, of great skill and inspiration, … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 9 Comments

Lord Peter Wimsey and the Great War

Remembrance. Armistice Day. It’s complicated. Or it is as far as I’m concerned. Every year I’m assailed by such a mixture of family history, childhood memories, political and personal reflections … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 10 Comments

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L Sayers – The Heart Of Rest, and beyond.

Here on Vulpes Libris we are taking our summer break now – we’ll be back on Sunday 18th August. Meanwhile, we leave you with this post. During VL’s Poetry Week … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 23 Comments

Summertime, and … the Bookfoxes go on holiday.

One by one, Bookfoxes have been seen leaving the den, their red-spotted handkerchiefs packed with sunhats, SPF50, buckets and spades, and lots and lots of books to read, so we’re … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · 5 Comments

To the Heart of Rest …

The location is 1930s Oxford. At the edges of the story the clouds of war are starting to gather, but they are of no immediate or direct relevance to the … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 13 Comments

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

It’s probably no coincidence that the best of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels  – Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors and Gaudy Night – are shot through with a … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · 15 Comments

Slim Chances and Unscheduled Appearances by Edward Petherbridge

 “The portrayal of real life on the stage is too important to be managed without the use of long-practised artifice, magic, imagination, ritual and masquerade …” (Chapter 28:  A Plea … Continue reading

October 4, 2011 · 12 Comments

The Narrator’s Art: Part Two – Edward Petherbridge

As part of our Audiobook Month – ‘Talking Books’ – we decided to put the same five basic questions to Jay Benedict, Stephen Greif and Edward Petherbridge, all of whom … Continue reading

September 20, 2010 · 4 Comments

Not as Dorothy would have liked it.

by Edward Petherbridge. We are very pleased to welcome Edward back, following his hugely popular interview with us (here) earlier this year. In an exclusive extract from his forthcoming autobiography … Continue reading

September 23, 2008 · 25 Comments



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