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.

A Norfolk Literary Crossroads (a Vulpes Libris Random)

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel The Corner That Held Them (which I love with a passion – though it does divide opinion, as Bookfox Simon will attest) is set in the … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

Chaldon Herring: The Powys Circle in a Dorset Village

Judith Stinton’s 1988 study of the Powys brothers and sisters when they lived in the Dorset village of Chaldon Herring in the 1920s and 1930s, is not for beginners in the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 7 Comments

Mr Tasker’s Gods

This is a dark little fable by T F Powys, a novelist and mystic, one of eleven siblings, who lived in Dorset – the very secluded villages of East Chaldon and … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

St Valentine’s Day Special Reprise: Sylvia Townsend Warner – a biography, by Claire Harman.

What better way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day 2012, than with a story of lifelong love with a protagonist called Valentine? First published during GLBT Week on Vulpes Libris, 18 … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · 4 Comments

Sylvia Townsend Warner – a Biography, by Claire Harman

GLBT Week on Vulpes Libris In amongst the fiction this week, I want to celebrate the remarkable love story of two writers, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland, whose passionate … Continue reading

May 18, 2010 · 10 Comments

The Corner That Held Them, by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

More nuns. 14th century English ones, this time. I hope that’s not too many nuns in one month, but I couldn’t get my very positive recollection of this novel out … Continue reading

January 29, 2010 · 10 Comments



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