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 Poetry of Cats, a collection

As an animal lover, I was really looking forward to this topical little volume. Boy, was I disappointed! For one thing, at least a fourth of the offerings were about … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

This beautifully-detailed graphic novel is a follow-up to Gemma Bovery, Posy Simmonds’s version of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Tamara Drewe’s relationship to its novel of origin, Hardy’s Far From The Madding … Continue reading

January 12, 2010 · 5 Comments

Jude the Obscure

Part of Hatchet Week – Video battle Why I Hate Jude the Obscure ROSY: Apparently panned when first published – and for once the stuffy old critics were right. Argh! … Continue reading

April 9, 2008 · 37 Comments



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