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.

Vulpes Revisited: A Palladian Wreath of Hide and Seek

As sometimes happens in the busy lives of the Book Foxes, life and technology have ganged up on Kirsty to scupper her scheduled review of In a Summer Season. Instead, … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Coming Up This Week

It’s been so hot in North America, where this Fox lives, that melting sometimes seems a real possibility. So far though, my Nook has not gotten droopy and if it … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming Up This Week

In the Northern hemisphere, we are well into autumn which is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Our offerings are as varied … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

In Conversation with Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen is a novelist, creative writing teacher and all-round maven of the printed page. Her novel Dear Thing is a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club 2014 selection; and damn right, … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Best Books of 2014 (so far)

As is my habit, here are mini reviews of the books which have made the strongest impression on me for the first half of the year. They are all novels … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Where Love Lies, by Julie Cohen

Disclaimer: Julie Cohen is a friend. However, I don’t review books (even, no, *especially* by friends) unless I feel so strongly that I can’t do otherwise. Sitting down to write … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Palladian Wreath of Hide and Seek

Elizabeth Taylor is one of my very favourite writers. Having undertaken to write about her for VL, I tried to find some way to explain the extraordinary nature of her work … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 15 Comments

Hearts, Horses and Hellraisers: In Conversation with Fiona Walker

Today, VL’s resident It girl and society reporter Ticky Dogge-Hare talks (in a rather chaotic way, I’m afraid) to fab novelist Fiona Walker. Fiona’s recent books include The Love Letter … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week

The cold days are a little longer and the calendar says that Spring is less than a month away.But we try not to let impatience steal the beauty of the … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · 11 Comments

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

There are no shootouts, car chases or murders in this book. It’s a quiet novel set in a small English village and all of the action is everyday activities, yet … Continue reading

April 4, 2011 · 8 Comments

An Interview with Jill Mansell: Part II

For Part I, click here. Your books are overwhelmingly set in and around the West Country.  Do you feel like a Local Author, or are you simply writing about the … Continue reading

October 2, 2010 · 4 Comments

An Interview with Jill Mansell: Part I

When it comes to romantic comedy, Jill Mansell is one of the best.  Set in her native South West, her novels combine effervescent humour, enjoyably twisty-turny plotlines and a healthy … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · 13 Comments

Everything flows: Robert Chandler on Vasily Grossman

Grossman wrote a first draft of Everything Flows in the mid-1950s.  Like many of his works, it began as a response to an event of historical importance – in this … Continue reading

May 14, 2010 · 10 Comments

Louise Rennison : From Thongs to Basoomas

(Now subtitled: … oh how I hate technology when it fails!!!!) I have been doing a lot of reading lately.  I’m calling it research, but I do occasionally think nothing … Continue reading

May 1, 2010 · 8 Comments



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