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 Woman Of Integrity, by J David Simons

Once again, J David Simons has written a novel that takes a wide sweep across the last century and this one, unravelling private secrets from a public life. The protagonists … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh – by Stanley Wells

“Technical acting skills can be acquired through training and the application of intelligence, but there is an extra dimension to great acting which transcends and can even defy technique. It … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · 4 Comments

War Horse: Stage vs. Page

This year I saw War Horse on stage at the New London Theatre. It went immediately to the top of the list of best plays I’d ever seen. I would … Continue reading

November 7, 2011 · 6 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

If you’re still feeling chilly after a night out watching the fireworks, might I suggest a mug of hot chocolate while you curl up with this week’s offerings? From stage … Continue reading

November 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street, by Charles Nicholl

Reading Charles Nicoll’s masterly slice into Shakespeare’s life story The Lodger has made me reflect on the frustrations of knowing so little about him. We have an outline of his … Continue reading

November 19, 2010 · 10 Comments

In Conversation With: Martin Jarvis

Ask the fabled Man on the Clapham Omnibus to name an audiobook narrator and it’s odds-on that he’ll say ‘Martin Jarvis’.  Vulpes Libris was therefore delighted to be offered the … Continue reading

September 24, 2010 · 5 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s all ups and downs on VL this week as the Foxes tell us about their exhilarating, frustrating, disappointing and uplifting cultural encounters.  Hold on tight! On Monday, Jackie considers … Continue reading

January 24, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Glorious Day: In Conversation with Stephen Greif

Comrades!  Today Bookfox Kirsty is joined by an honoured guest indeed:  actor Stephen Greif. Stephen is a familiar face (and voice) to generations of TV viewers, cinema fans, theatre goers … Continue reading

November 3, 2009 · 12 Comments



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