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 Woman Of Integrity, by J David Simons

Once again, J David Simons has written a novel that takes a wide sweep across the last century and this one, unravelling private secrets from a public life. The protagonists … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams – Alan Cumming

Last year I listened to the unabridged audio version of Alan Cumming’s memoir Not My Father’s Son. It was an incredibly moving book about the abuse he suffered at the hands … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen’s columns used to be reprinted in my local newspaper each week and I always enjoyed them, so when she broadened out into the longer forms of novels and … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Novella Award Shortlist: In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson & Kevin Parry’s When it was Raining

In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson Reviewed by Cath  I’m going to confess to a little impatience with magical realism as a genre, probably because in the wrong hands it … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

First World War, a website

We are so used to thinking of WW1 as a precursor for the Second, that it’s a bit startling to find something devoted only to that “war to end all … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 5 Comments

Fred’s War

I spend a great deal of my working life reading stories and histories from the First World War. It’s hardly a holiday for me to read a novel about the … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Borneo Rain Forest by Mattias Klum

There are oodles of jungle books out there. I don’t mean the Kipling kind, but the large coffee table books filled with photos of rainforests. A number of them are … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin

The word ‘math’ gives me a brain freeze, so the title The Mathematics of Love made me hesitant and I imagined a romance between calculus professors. Happily, this is not … Continue reading

February 12, 2008 · 15 Comments



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