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.

Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs. The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co., by Jeremy Mercer

For any visitor to Paris of a bookish inclination, a visit to Shakespeare And Company to purchase at least one book is an absolute must. My proud possession is my … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Giovanni’s Room

I took part in a book pyramid scheme recently. It was a send-it-back, upside-down-tree-connections thing, running through Facebook. My friend D recruited me, so I sent a book to her … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 6 Comments

Flâneuse, by Lauren Elkin

As soon as I saw this book I knew that reading it was a must, as a companion to Edmund White’s masterly Flâneur, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Lauren … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Legend of the Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

“The Legend of the Holy Drinker is Joseph Roth’s last work of fiction, quite deliberately so. Like Andreas’s repayment of the two hundred francs, it was his last detail. Again, … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

The drinking in Hemingway’s fiction

Ernest Hemingway was and still is a famously alcohol-inclined novelist, evidently a heavy drinker for most of his life. For folks who want to live out their fan-fantasies of drinking … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

adventures around the globe: recent nonfiction

Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod This is the book that Eat, Pray, Love wanted to be, filled with adventure, romance and wisdom. The author scrimps and saves at her high … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Paris Tales, translated by Helen Constantine.

I have already written about the goodies to be found on the £1 book rack outside Treadwell’s Bookshop in Store Street, Bloomsbury. Lately, a day trip to Paris made me … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Flâneur, by Edmund White

This is an elegant little book, first published over ten years ago in a series from Bloomsbury called The Writer And The City “… an occasional series in which some … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 8 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

We start with a charge and end with a saunter this week on Vulpes Libris, with three very different but equally dynamic posts. On Monday, guest poster Holly reads Lest Camelot … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alibis. Essays On Elsewhere, by André Aciman

André Aciman’s reputation as a writer of deep and fine prose is, I discover, well established in the USA, but I am not sure that his work is so well … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

So French

Les Belles Amours by Marie Louse Lévêque de Vilmorin was dedicated to Orson Welles, with whom the author had a long affair. She was also engaged briefly to Antoine de … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Favorites at the End of 2012

In June, I shared my favorite books of the year up to that point and promised to revisit the idea in December. Here we are with the ones that earned … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Memory Chalet, by Tony Judt

I’d never heard of Tony Judt until I read the news of his death, followed by many tributes, then the reviews of this posthumous book. I was intrigued that a … Continue reading

September 2, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal

Netsuke have always intrigued me – or the idea of them, as I’d never get close to them without a pane of glass between me and them – they are … Continue reading

August 18, 2010 · 9 Comments



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