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.

How quirky is too quirky?

How quirky is too quirky? It’s a tricky question, and one that every reader inevitably has to decide for themselves. Some of us might stay comfortably away from anything that … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Novella Award shortlist: Alex Christie’s Motherland, & Brian Petkash’s Mistakes By The Lake

Motherland by Alix Christie review by Jackie It’s April 2004 and Petra’s grandmother asks her to take them both to a place where she worked as a young girl at … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Genius and the Goddess by Aldous Huxley

I have a slightly contrary instinct, it seems, to read non-famous books by famous authors. So this is now the second book I’ve read by Aldous Huxley (the first was … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Lost Stradivarius, by J Meade Falkner

Well, maybe I do have a taste for supernatural fiction after all – just so long as the frisson is a gentle one. As I have said before on here, … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

Good Offices by Evelio Rosero: a magical, sensuous and sacramental read

Tancredo, a young hunchback, observes and participates in the goings-on at the church in which he lives under the wing of Father Almida. Also in residence are the sacristan and … Continue reading

November 3, 2011 · 10 Comments

Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi

A great deal has been said about Beside the Sea.  The English translation of Véronique Olmi’s Bord de Mer – translated by Adriana Hunter for Pereine Press, who kindly sent … Continue reading

June 8, 2010 · 11 Comments

On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan

I’ve heard a few people moan about Ian McEwan lately, and I’ve been struggling to fathom why. The most outrageous claim so far has been that On Chesil Beach “wasn’t … Continue reading

October 28, 2007 · 11 Comments



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