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 Talisman Ring

The Talisman Ring (1936) is not one of Heyer’s most well-known novels. It’s one of those for which you can’t quite remember who the hero was, whether he was Regency Buck … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 12 Comments

The Summer of Living Dangerously by Julie Cohen

by the Hon Ticky Dogge-Hare A few weeks ago, I went to visit my dear friend (and favourite ex), Alexander MacPhail, at his place in the Western Highlands. As luck … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi by Andrew McConnell Stott

I have a confession. I hate clowns.  I’ve always hated clowns ever since I was a child. I find them both unsettling and unfunny and, as far as I remember, … Continue reading

July 29, 2011 · 11 Comments

Interview with Janet Todd

Janet Todd is the author (among many other books) of Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle – one of the best books I’ve read in a long … Continue reading

August 27, 2008 · 26 Comments

Ben Wilson: Decency and Disorder

The Age of Cant 1789-1837 I’m looking at my copious notes here, quite baffled, hardly knowing where to begin – so be warned the following will be long, if I … Continue reading

June 18, 2008 · 12 Comments

Diana Birchall: Mrs Darcy’s Dilemma

The Austen sequel seems to be a genre of its own nowadays, and surely a tricky one to pull off. A sequel is likely to have little appeal outside the fan … Continue reading

June 15, 2008 · 11 Comments

The Paradise Will, by Elizabeth Hanbury

The premise of The Paradise Will is really a very charming one. A young lady is compelled by her eccentric uncle’s will to dine with a brusque, but ultimately fascinating … Continue reading

June 4, 2008 · 15 Comments

Mary Brunton: Self-Control AND Discipline

 If Mary Brunton’s name rings any bells, you are most likely thinking of this quote from Jane Austen: I am looking over Self Control again, & my opinion is confirmed … Continue reading

May 30, 2008 · 9 Comments

The Grand Sophy & Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Like most innovators, Georgette Heyer suffers by association with her imitators, descendants and plagiarists. But to dismiss her as all bonnets and heaving bosoms is like dismissing Wodehouse because he … Continue reading

February 15, 2008 · 20 Comments



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