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.

Flâneuse, by Lauren Elkin

As soon as I saw this book I knew that reading it was a must, as a companion to Edmund White’s masterly Flâneur, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Lauren … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Man of Genius by Janet Todd

“A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical journey from flamboyant Regency England through a defeated Europe struggling to create … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

  ‘Three fine days and a thunderstorm’ – thus did King George the Second perceptively define a British summer in the 18th Century, demonstrating that very little has changed, meteorologically … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ciao, Carpaccio! An Infatuation, by Jan Morris

I always wanted to go to Venice since I was a teenager studying Othello for A level, and, much more to the point, Byron’s Childe Harold. In Canto 3 there … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharing Poetry

About a year ago, I joined a book group – after years of resistance. When it comes to reading, I am still a bit of a stroppy teenager, instantly resistant … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 5 Comments


In another review of Altai by Wu Ming, novelist Ian Sansom said that we tend to forget that historical fiction is experimental, because it’s inventing a past, and messing around with … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 8 Comments

Funky cold Messina …

Among the many translations of Much Ado About Nothing, that into Italian seems the most appropriate. In Italy, love, intrigue and treachery seem fit matters for comedy: Silvio Berlusconi is … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Book of Human Skin – Michelle Lovric

This is Michelle Lovric’s fourth novel for adults and like the first three, it focuses on semi-fantastical historical settings, with larger-than-life characters. She favours the later eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

September 28, 2011 · 9 Comments

This Week on Vulpes Libris …

It’s going to be a wild ride on Vulpes Libris this week.   We’ll be keeping company with – among others –  a bonkers nun, a debut novelist and one of … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · 1 Comment

A Taste of Venice: At Table with Brunetti, by Donna Leon and Roberta Pianara

I look forward every year to the latest Donna Leon novel – picking it up means disappearing into Venice and the surrounding lagoon in the company of characters of agreeable … Continue reading

July 13, 2011 · 6 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

We have action packed week for you all, I hope you you’re all prepared? We have vengeance, history, thrills, spills and tearful goodbyes. Brace yourselves. Monday: Jackie considers The Revenge … Continue reading

July 10, 2011 · Leave a comment



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