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.

Of The Arts: The Violinist of Venice & The Improbability of Love

A VL Classic, originally posted March 2016. The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo At first this appears to be a routine historical romance, but it soon deepens to something … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Romance and the Foxes

*Tiptoes in* *peers around the door* No-one here? Good … Because I want to talk about sex. Well, not sex so much as  romance, which isn’t the same thing, but … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is NOT Obliged

This is a lightly edited reblog from last September, when this splendid rom com was but an ebook and I read it on holiday and was completely bowled over. Now, … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Romance Week on Vulpes Libris …

We’ve been planning a ‘Romance’ week on Vulpes for some time, and after dithering for an age,  finally decided that, as most of us work better to a deadline, we … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

This week on Vulpes Libris …

Hallowe’en has been and gone, Guy Fawkes Night (here in the UK) is fast approaching and the clocks have gone back. Long, dark evenings are upon us – the perfect … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marisa Hayworth: a romantic experiment

Three women decided to work together to build inventory on Kindle. Here’s how it works. By one-third of Marisa Hayworth.  Self-publishing is tough. It relies on a reasonably high standard … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Here’s Looking at You: a conversation about Casablanca

Once upon a time, entirely by accident and when they were discussing something completely different (like Father Ted), Bookfoxes Kirsty and Moira discovered that they had a shared love of the 1942 … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 7 Comments

All’s Heyer in Love and War: An Infamous Army

My favourite Georgette Heyer novel is also the one it costs me the most effort to read: her Waterloo epic An Infamous Army. Like Hilary before me, I’m not about to … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 8 Comments

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith

The Book Festival is over! *sob* And I am bereft. Two weeks of running around, hanging out, meeting old friends and new, hugging and high fiving and gossiping and drinking … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Blue by Lisa Glass

To begin, I’ll just let you know that I have a very close connection to this book. Not only is Lisa a fellow Book Fox, she has been my friend … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 8 Comments

Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. (‘Measure for Measure’ Act1 Sc4 ) With these words in mind I … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft

(a) Boy meets girl. (b) “The course of true love never did run smooth.” (c) True love eventually prevails. (d) The End. Virtually every romantic novel ever written has the … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

Jude Morgan: A Little Folly

This is not, I’m afraid, going to be a review. I tried my best, but I cannot review this book. How would you review a pleasant day of June? How … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo – seeing Austen as you’ve (probably) never seen her before

After Jane Austen’s death, nearly three thousand of her letters were supposedly destroyed, taking with them the secrets of Jane’s life. But what did they hide? Austen scholar Emma Grant … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · 14 Comments



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