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.

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

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

I love Twitter. Seriously. I love it. I’ve been on it since December 2008, and I look at it every day. In fact, you should follow me: @theotherkirsty. I don’t actually tweet … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

I do not, it would be fair to say, have much grounding in medicine. I got deeply average marks in my Standard Grade Physics and Chemistry, and didn’t even touch … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today by Nicholas Buxton

Contrary to what may be supposed, monasticism does not represent an escape from the world so much as a deeper engagement with the reality of being human. In this book, … Continue reading

April 2, 2010 · 12 Comments

Our Sound is Our Wound by Lucy Winkett: a prophetic voice in a world of noise

Our lives are lived against the backdrop of external and internal soundscapes. The sounds, noise and music with which we are surrounded in modern life have spiritual implications. There is … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · 16 Comments

The Goshawk, by T.H. White

Part of our Wilderness Week series. Most people know T.H. White as the author of The Once and Future King, a series of novels based on the legend of King … Continue reading

April 26, 2008 · 7 Comments

The Paris Review Interviews, vol. II, Philip Gourevitch (ed.)

In his introduction to the second collection of Paris Review interviews (I’ll admit that I haven’t read the first, but it hardly seems necessary to read them in any particular … Continue reading

January 26, 2008 · 13 Comments

Life as a Victorian Lady, by Pamela Horn

A short book merits a short review. Here it is: this book is good. Brevity is a virtue, and, through this book’s small keyhole, worlds are visible. Have you often … Continue reading

October 20, 2007 · 8 Comments



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