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.

Old English with Mandy and Paul of ClickityLit

What Does Þæt Mean?! Ure æghwylc sceal ende gebidanworolde lifes; wyrce se þe motedomes ær deaþe; þæt bið drihtgumanunlifgendum æfter selest. (Beowulf) Old English can seem intimidatingly foreign to the … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo

Guest reviewer Colin Fisher gives us Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo. Arnold Bennett, the popular novelist and critic from the years before the First World War until his death in 1931, … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

Anyone who has read Jonathan Coe knows that he has a knack for exposing the particular absurdity of a certain type of Brit, because we in the UK have all … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Every Man His Own Poet

Has anyone nowadays heard of W H Mallock, author of Every Man His Own Poet? Unless you are researching why Walter Pater withdrew from the Oxford Professorship of Poetry competition in 1877, probably … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Romantics weren’t all boys

Imagine a conventional literary scene: men and women writing, arguing, publishing, in ‘creative dialogue’ with each other, as the textbooks have it, and selling well, or less well, or struggling. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · 12 Comments

Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead – a satire with too much weight?

A “nomenclature consultant” – an expert on naming the most disparate things, from antidepressants to cars, and spoons to plasters – is summoned by the city authorities of Winthrop to … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 7 Comments

When Grandmama Fell Off The Boat by Harry Graham

The Best of Harry Graham – Inventor of Ruthless Rhymes. In February of last year Vulpes Libris ran a feature recommending books for Mothering Sunday.  My suggestion was Harry Graham’s … Continue reading

January 15, 2010 · 8 Comments

Ivan Vasil’evich meniaet professiiu/Ivan Vasil’evich Changes Profession

This week, there’s no need for my Good and Bad selves to duke it out.  For once, I’m in complete agreement with myself, and what I want to tell you … Continue reading

November 30, 2009 · 9 Comments

Amélie Nothomb: Sulphuric Acid & The Life of Hunger

Amélie Nothomb’s Antichrista was one of the first books I blogged about, and since then I’ve been a devotee to Nothomb’s mixture of elegance, absurdity, and pungency. It’s funny, though, … Continue reading

August 30, 2008 · 6 Comments



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