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.

Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Probably O. Henry’s best known work, this perennial holiday story doesn’t contain any cute little reindeer or snow people. It’s about a young couple who are trying to find the … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

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 On Vulpes Libris

Short – long – short this week (isn’t that reminiscent of SOS? Wholly inappropriate though, for what we have to offer you. No escape routes needed). Jackie on Monday and … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

How We Went to Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

When I was perusing titles from 1938, in preparation for our latest theme week, I stumbled across this amusing short story and couldn’t resist reviewing it, though I don’t read … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Grenoble: where short stories are right up your street. A Vulpes Libris Random.

I hope that one of the messages of our latest Vulpes Libris Short Story Week is that short stories are alive and well and gaining new readers all the time. … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Death Sentences: stories of Deathly Books, Murderous Booksellers & Lethal Literature, edited by Otto Penzler with an introduction by Ian Rankin

Death Sentences is, I discover, a continuing project. The collection that I am reviewing contains 15 short stories and was published in 2014; but the idea has taken hold, and … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Something Childish by Katherine Mansfield

This post is part of the 1924 Club, which I’m co-organising over at my blog Stuck in a Book – along with Karen, I’m asking people to read books published … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · 6 Comments

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is pretty much my favourite author. She has been since I was recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by my English teacher when I was 16. Since then I’ve read … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Horror Stories–Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

Edited by Darryl Jones A sizeable percentage of the human race loves to be scared – safely. It’s a characteristic that transcends ethnicity, gender, education, upbringing and virtually every other … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

Anyone in the UK with a passing interest in the book world cannot have be able to avoid hearing something about the controversial publication of Hilary Mantel’s latest short story collection, The … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Minimum of Two – Tim Winton

“Jerra Nilsam sat with his son at a cafe table and the breeze was in his shirt. The day was all but gone from him now, and there was a … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Paris Tales, translated by Helen Constantine.

I have already written about the goodies to be found on the £1 book rack outside Treadwell’s Bookshop in Store Street, Bloomsbury. Lately, a day trip to Paris made me … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Beautiful Words by Nik Perring

Anyone who follows this site avidly (so avidly they have read every post for the past four years) will know I was a real fan of Nik Perring’s last collection … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Dear Life by Alice Munro

I first became aware of Alice Munro in the first year of my undergraduate English Literature degree. One of her collections, Open Secrets, was on our set text list and her … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 3 Comments



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