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.

Eppur si scrive

Censorship of science, like most censorship, is concerned with sex, war, and keeping people in their place. Unfortunately for the censor, we can test claims about reality, so you can’t … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Agricultural Records A.D. 220-1968, by J. M. Stratton

A favourite from my bookshelves This book is a bit of a guilty pleasure. It has an interesting history – compiled by two Wiltshire farmers of two different generations, it … Continue reading

January 25, 2011 · 13 Comments

The Seal Wife by Kathryn Harrison

This is a strange book. Erotic, mysterious and atmospheric. Bigelow is sent to Anchorage, Alaska, without proper clothing or supplies, in July 1915 by the government to establish a weather … Continue reading

February 8, 2010 · 4 Comments

The Theory of Clouds by St├ęphane Audeguy

There is something about clouds that is magical and inspiring, that is one of the premises of this book which I agree with. Just the word cloud in the title … Continue reading

December 5, 2007 · 10 Comments



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