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.

Faith, Seriously: The Ethics of Everyday Life, by Michael Banner

Like much of the really exciting theology I’ve read this year (Rowan Williams’ Meeting God in Mark, or Hugh Gilbert OSB’s The Tale of Quisquis), The Ethics of Everyday Life … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit, by the Reverend Richard Coles

I know a priest who, after he had shut up shop on Christmas Day, would get into his pyjamas and take a bottle of vodka alone to bed, watch The … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Tony Benn: Dare to be a Daniel

In 1928, when I was three, there was a huge flood in London and I remember looking out of the window and seeing boats sailing down the street in front … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Perfect Suicide by Lotte Worth

‘I loved him, missed him and hated him. Every day. Although it did me no good…’ . Following a family tragedy, Emma escapes to university in search of a new … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 6 Comments

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg – a novel which tries hard but doesn’t quite manage to fly

It’s 1830. Neil and Lizzie MacKenzie, a newly married young couple, arrive at the remotest part of the British Isles: St Kilda. He is a minister determined to save the … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 13 Comments

Good Offices by Evelio Rosero: a magical, sensuous and sacramental read

Tancredo, a young hunchback, observes and participates in the goings-on at the church in which he lives under the wing of Father Almida. Also in residence are the sacristan and … Continue reading

November 3, 2011 · 10 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part II

For Part I, click here.  For Kirsty’s review of God’s Mechanics, click here. The idea of a religious university as they exist in the US is not a familiar one … Continue reading

November 11, 2010 · 9 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part I

Brother Guy Consolmagno is a planetary scientist, Jesuit brother and sci-fi enthusiast.  In addition to his own research, he is Co-ordinator for Public Relations at the Vatican Observatory and curator … Continue reading

November 10, 2010 · 12 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

The Foxes are looking to the heavens this week as they contemplate the really big issues: philosophy, religion, science and folk music. On Monday, Nikki wonders if philosophy really can … Continue reading

November 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Shack by William Paul Young

I did a rough calculation the other day and worked out that in my reading lifetime I must have worked my way through in excess of 2,000 books.  Of those, … Continue reading

April 9, 2010 · 33 Comments

Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today by Nicholas Buxton

Contrary to what may be supposed, monasticism does not represent an escape from the world so much as a deeper engagement with the reality of being human. In this book, … Continue reading

April 2, 2010 · 12 Comments

God’s glory in the garden: the poetry of Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747)

Der Blüte Schnee schien schwarz zu sein Bei diesem weißen Glanz. Es fiel mir ins Gesicht Von einem hellen Stern ein weißes Licht, Das mir recht in die Seele strahlte. … Continue reading

February 16, 2010 · 8 Comments

The Line Between Good and Evil – An Interview with Richard Holloway

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart. ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn Following my review of Between the … Continue reading

October 10, 2009 · 7 Comments

Between the Monster and the Saint by Richard Holloway

I once told my dad I didn’t believe in God. The hurt and disappointment in his ‘Oh, Mary’ means that I probably won’t do it again. This is typical of … Continue reading

October 5, 2009 · 7 Comments



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