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.

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr

I was 17 years old when I first read Last Exit to Brooklyn. My mother would have been horrified had she known, but I was away at college and could … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 6 Comments

Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui and Frank Wynne

As part of our Shocking and Banned Book week, we’re taking the opportunity to re-run Jay Benedict’s review of Amin Zaoui’s ‘Banquet of Lies’, originally published in September 2008 – … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui

Guest review by Jay Benedict. As promised in his recent interview (which is, incidentally, one of the most popular pieces Vulpes has ever run …) Jay Benedict returns for the first of what … Continue reading

September 24, 2008 · 22 Comments

Guest article: Kit Maude on translating and editing ‘Banquet of Lies’.

In the second Guest Article of France Week, we are pleased to welcome Kit Maude, Sales and Editorial Coordinator at Marion Boyars Publishers, who reflects on the publication of Banquet … Continue reading

July 18, 2008 · 12 Comments

Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster

Let me say first that Rhyll McMaster is an extraordinary writer. Her prose is dazzling, poetic and thought-provoking, and this is literary fiction at its best. Feather Man is Sooky’s … Continue reading

May 21, 2008 · 6 Comments

The Streets of Babylon by Carina Burman

Euthanasia Bondeson is a middle-aged Swedish authoress visiting London in 1851 – the year of the Great Exhibition. She’s accompanied by the scatty and totally map-blind Agnes, who is ‘fair … Continue reading

February 27, 2008 · 7 Comments

Enlightenment by Maureen Freely

Before I begin, I should probably admit I have prior interest in this book, as the author was my tutor on an MA in Writing. Not only am I unlikely … Continue reading

January 10, 2008 · 10 Comments

Publisher Feature: Marion Boyars

The Life and Survival of an Avant-Garde publisher Rosy Barnes interviews Catheryn Kilgarriff, Managing Director of the publisher Marion Boyars. Rustling through a box of books in my parents’ house, … Continue reading

December 20, 2007 · 12 Comments



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