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.

The gentle joy of R.C. Sherriff

I recently read two novels by R.C. Sherriff in fairly quick succession – The Fortnight in September (1931) and Greengates (1936) – having never read anything by him before; they were the … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 10 Comments

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

I recently re-read The Victorian Chaise-Longue for a podcast I recorded on the topic (shameless plug for it – check out ‘Tea or Books?’ if you want to hear it compared … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Persephone Perambulation

Can you believe that Persephone Books is almost 15 years old?  I imagine many readers of Vulpes Libris will be very familiar with those beautifully elegant grey covers, holding not … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 7 Comments

Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon: lost children and the luminosity of waiting

… It was the afternoon Alex disappeared, and the phone was ringing. If she answered it, her life would wind back, like a movie run backwards, to a moment before … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · 8 Comments



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)