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.

Footprints in time …

My mother was born in a two-up, two-down, end-of-terrace house in the pretty market town of Ampthill in Bedfordshire. The money for the rent, the gas meter and the milkman … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · 13 Comments

Practising History by Barbara Tuchman

Barbara Tuchman is my favorite historian and I was sorry when she herself passed into history in 1989. Thankfully, she left a good-sized body of work and I have read … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

This week, as is so often the joy of Vulpes Libris, the theme is that there is no theme – none whatsoever. So, like these little fox kits, we are … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Persephone Perambulation

Can you believe that Persephone Books is almost 15 years old?  I imagine many readers of Vulpes Libris will be very familiar with those beautifully elegant grey covers, holding not … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 7 Comments

First World War, a website

We are so used to thinking of WW1 as a precursor for the Second, that it’s a bit startling to find something devoted only to that “war to end all … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 5 Comments

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque

Despite its famous title, it had never occurred to me to look up this book until I happened upon it in the library one day. I thought that it might … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · 7 Comments

Life Class by Pat Barker

Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks’s studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own … Continue reading

April 21, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

A desire to bring the author regular tea and biscuits and then sit at their feet is probably not the usual – or sane – response to a work of … Continue reading

September 23, 2009 · 13 Comments

The King and the Cowboy by David Fromkin

Today is President’s Day in the U.S. and VL celebrates by looking at one of the most influential men to hold the office, Teddy Roosevelt. The author really ought to … Continue reading

February 16, 2009 · 1 Comment



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)