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.

New Grub Street by George Gissing

Scholarly, anxious Edwin Reardon had achieved a precarious career as the writer of serious fiction. On the strength of critical acclaim for his fourth novel, he has married the refined … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 4 Comments

Nicola Griffith’s writing space

Nicola Griffith is the author of Hild, and five other novels, plus short stories, essays and polemics. She’s working on the sequel to Hild, and talks about her Seattle working … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Exquisite Sense Of What Is Beautiful, by J David Simons

An Exquisite Sense Of What Is Beautiful is an accomplished and finely structured novel that takes a wide sweep across the world and through time, from London to Japan and … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

VL Q&A: Veronica Henry

A former scriptwriter and editor, Veronica Henry started writing romantic fiction in 2000 and is the author of twelve novels.  Bookfox Kirsty leapt at the chance to ask her a … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Fiction Class by Susan Breen

I was excited about this book. I am always excited about books that have a writer as their main character. I was even more excited by this one because the … Continue reading

October 20, 2010 · 2 Comments

An Interview with Jill Mansell: Part II

For Part I, click here. Your books are overwhelmingly set in and around the West Country.  Do you feel like a Local Author, or are you simply writing about the … Continue reading

October 2, 2010 · 4 Comments

An Interview with Jill Mansell: Part I

When it comes to romantic comedy, Jill Mansell is one of the best.  Set in her native South West, her novels combine effervescent humour, enjoyably twisty-turny plotlines and a healthy … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · 13 Comments

Richard III Week: Writing wrongs to make A Secret Alchemy

I’ve ordered my flak jacket, and braced myself for trouble. My second novel, A Secret Alchemy, will be published on 13th November. It’s bad enough that I’ve had the cheek … Continue reading

August 19, 2008 · 23 Comments

Interview with Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm

I picked up Enthusiasm as I was looking for reasons to avoid revising for exams – and the book turned out to be perfect procrastination material. Fifteen-year-old Julie’s best friend, … Continue reading

June 11, 2008 · 11 Comments

The Paris Review Interviews, vol. II, Philip Gourevitch (ed.)

In his introduction to the second collection of Paris Review interviews (I’ll admit that I haven’t read the first, but it hardly seems necessary to read them in any particular … Continue reading

January 26, 2008 · 13 Comments



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