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.

Sandlands by Rosy Thornton

When Book Foxes Hilary and Moira discovered that each of them, separately, had intended to review their friend Rosy Thornton’s newly-published collection of short stories, Sandlands, there was a brief … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · 3 Comments

Coming Up This Week

It’s been so hot in North America, where this Fox lives, that melting sometimes seems a real possibility. So far though, my Nook has not gotten droopy and if it … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Ninepins by Rosy Thornton

Disclaimer: Rosy Thornton (who is a friend as well as a favourite novelist) kindly offered the Bookfox collective a review copy of Ninepins on its release. I was the lucky … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · 6 Comments

Coming Up this week (and beyond) on Vulpes Libris …

The British countryside is well to the fore on Vulpes Libris this week.  As April turns tempestuosly into May and drought orders rub shoulders with flood warnings, the Book Foxes’ … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris…

TALKING BOOKS: AUDIOBOOK MONTH ON VULPES LIBRIS – WEEK THREE We hope you’re still enjoying our audiobooks theme as we have another two weeks of it remaining, hip hip hooray! … Continue reading

September 19, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Tapestry of Love, by Rosy Thornton

Rosy Thornton’s new novel, The Tapestry of Love, starts with an arresting scene: its heroine, Catherine, is marooned in her car in the midst of a sea of sheep. They … Continue reading

July 28, 2010 · 9 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris – week beginning 26th July 2010

Always on the lookout for the new, the good and the very, very readable, sometimes all at once, this week the Foxes (most of whom are as cute as this) … Continue reading

July 25, 2010 · 4 Comments

Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton

When you pick up a book expecting it to be one thing and it then turns out to be something else entirely – it can be a very disconcerting experience.   … Continue reading

February 13, 2009 · 11 Comments

Thursday Soapbox. Rosy Thornton: Books Should be Books!

On the Soapbox this week, writer of the political romantic comedy More Than Love Letters and campus novel Hearts and Minds, Rosy Thornton, looks at the way we categorise books. … Continue reading

May 8, 2008 · 31 Comments

On Vulpes this Coming Week

We have a great mixed week coming up on Vulpes. Monday Jackie reviews Rat, wherein Jerry Langton answers the question of whether the ubiquitous rodents are cute or craven. Tuesday … Continue reading

May 4, 2008 · 3 Comments

Hearts and Minds by Rosy Thornton (More Than Just a Review)

Plot Synopsis and Overview Television-man and Desmond Lynam lookalike James Rycarte arrives for his new job: as “Mistress” of an all-woman’s Cambridge college, the fictitious St Radegunds. Here he finds … Continue reading

January 9, 2008 · 21 Comments

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping and Other Stories

I always buy books as Christmas presents. It probably makes me predictable and dull (not to mention the Least Favourite Aunt), but I see it as a sacred duty. I … Continue reading

December 18, 2007 · 7 Comments

Rosy Thornton: More Than Love Letters

More Than Love Letters is a strange beast. It has a twenty-something heroine, a contemporary setting, romance and humour, all bound in a somewhat chick-lit-ish cover – but it’s also … Continue reading

October 29, 2007 · 14 Comments



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