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.

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

History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason – all the pleasures of one-upmanship and all the fun of the fair

It is 1907. The Belle Epoque is in full swing. Piet Barol has escaped the drabness of the provinces for the grandest mansion in Amsterdam. As tutor to the son … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · 4 Comments

A Round-Heeled Woman/Unaccompanied Women by Jane Juska

When a woman reaches A Certain Age, society tends to  expect her to take up knitting/join a book group/learn flower arranging/become a crazy cat lady/all of the foregoing. When Jane … Continue reading

January 20, 2012 · 4 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

The Commitment by Dan Savage – everything you want to know about love, sex, marriage and family, and possibly some things you might not …

Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son, D.J., says his … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · 7 Comments

Rich and Mad by William Nicholson

‘I’ve decided to fall in love,’ said Maddy Fisher. Cath nodded to show she was listening, but did not look up from her magazine. ‘I’m seriously serious.  I’m too young … Continue reading

June 12, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Sick Rose by William Blake

The Sick Rose by William Blake O Rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm That flies in the night, In the howling storm, Has found out thy bed Of crimson … Continue reading

February 26, 2010 · 12 Comments

The Kreutzer Sonata by Count Lev Tolstoy

Thus we passed two years more. The method prescribed by the rascals [doctors] had evidently succeeded. My wife had grown stouter and handsomer. It was the beauty of the end … Continue reading

April 8, 2008 · 32 Comments



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