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.

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

A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller

‘A light song of light believes nothing is so substantial as light, and that light is unstoppable, and that light is all.’ It started with the death of his mother, … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi (Translated by Adriana Hunter)

‘I like songs. They say things I can’t seem to say. If I didn’t have these rotten teeth I’d sing a lot more, a lot more often, I’d sing my … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · 6 Comments

Jon McGregor’s short stories

‘You take a breath and swim, fiercely, lunging through the water, blinking against the salt sting, heaving for air, and there’s a feeling running up and down the backs of … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Seeing Stars by Simon Armitage

There is a scene in Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme in which Monsieur Jourdain, an uneducated but wealthy tradesman determined to improve his social standing, returns from a lesson with his … Continue reading

May 17, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman

“We could, you know, hara-kiri, right here in the kitchen.”… “Why would we do that?”… “Because our lives are over, James. This is it. The end. We will never have … Continue reading

June 15, 2010 · 7 Comments

Summer reading and Summer Reads

Reading is generally a quiet, solitary art form, its drama taking place inside one’s head rather than in the physical world around us. A book is judged less by its … Continue reading

June 10, 2010 · 8 Comments

In Converation With: Chloe Hooper

Sam talk to Chloe Hooper about The Tall Man, and what it’s like to discover the heart of darkness in your own country, Sam Ruddock: First up, can you tell … Continue reading

June 2, 2010 · 3 Comments

In conversation with Simmone Howell

Sam chats Summer camp, chocolate and movies with Australian author Simmone Howell. SR: First up, can you tell us a bit about Everything Beautiful? SH: Everything Beautiful is about Riley … Continue reading

May 4, 2010 · 5 Comments

The Italian Matchmaker by Santa Montefiore

Subjecting The Italian Matchmaker to the same level of critical analysis as, say, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (coming soon to a book blog near you …) … Continue reading

April 22, 2010 · 3 Comments



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