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.

The Land of the Green Man. A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, by Carolyne Larrington

This enchanting, immensely readable book can be read in several ways: it is a vastly entertaining thematic collection of folktales and fairy stories, perfect for autumn reading at a time … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Fell by Jenn Ashworth

Alluring, ephemeral and deadly, Morecambe Bay dominates the coastal areas of south Cumbria and north west Lancashire. No-one who has ever travelled by train between Oxenholme and Lancaster can forget … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hawksmoor, by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor (1985) doesn’t really need another review, having been around and acclaimed for 30 years. This is more of a personal reflection on reading the book for the … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

We’re in the 1970s, and a 15 year old boy nicknamed Tonto has been taken on an Easter pilgrimage to the Loney by his devoutly Catholic parents, their new priest, … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London: Body Work

Body Work is an interstitial series of comics in the muted superhero tradition. It fits between and around books two and three in Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series, a very … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Lost Stradivarius, by J Meade Falkner

Well, maybe I do have a taste for supernatural fiction after all – just so long as the frisson is a gentle one. As I have said before on here, … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch has a background in screenwriting, most notably for Doctor Who, and has also written some novelisations of the series. Rivers of London is his first non-Whovian novel and … Continue reading

March 28, 2011 · 7 Comments

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – read by Edward Petherbridge

“The life that was to make his soul would mark his body …” It is many years since I read The Picture of Dorian Gray. I did so after watching … Continue reading

September 14, 2010 · 7 Comments

Heart of Horror: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

Part of Frankenstein Almost-A-Week …I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It … Continue reading

December 3, 2008 · 9 Comments



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