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

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Upon seeing this book at the library, I was intrigued by the quirky characters, and it does have them, but there’s also a sweet story too. Not a sappy story, … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

Having enjoyed Shapiro’s earlier book The Art Forger, I was eager to read her new one. When I did, I found it remarkably pertinent.There are two narratives, one is in … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Novella Award shortlist: Alex Christie’s Motherland, & Brian Petkash’s Mistakes By The Lake

Motherland by Alix Christie review by Jackie It’s April 2004 and Petra’s grandmother asks her to take them both to a place where she worked as a young girl at … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A lot of books are described as “unique” and aren’t. This one really is. For one thing, it’s narrated by Death, who isn’t spooky at all, but rather a courtly … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

Coming Up as June Begins

The beginning of June is considered the start of summer, so it’s appropriate that we have a post on the very summery sport of surfing, as Book Fox Lisa launches … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Walking through walls in Montmartre

Marcel Aymé’s calmly fantastical short stories reviewed, with an interview with the translator on the craft of translating. Classic French literature can be intimidating. I’ve enjoyed a bit of Zola, … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · 7 Comments

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

What I love about The Camomile Lawn is how it challenges our perceptions. When we look back at the 1940s, we make certain assumptions about the way people behaved and … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · 4 Comments

Iris & Ruby by Rosie Thomas

After re-reading Moon Tiger for a review earlier this year, I was in the mood for something in a similar vein. Iris & Ruby, while by no means the same … Continue reading

September 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Westwood, by Stella Gibbons

I love reading ‘vintage’ fiction (perhaps you’d worked that out by now). I’ve spent my reading life looking for unknown titles by authors who have disappeared into that limbo that … Continue reading

August 17, 2011 · 5 Comments

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Hanna Heath is an Australian book conservator who is called to war torn Bosnia in 1996 to work on the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish prayer book that has survived for … Continue reading

July 21, 2011 · 5 Comments

Churchill, A Study in Greatness by Geoffrey Best: celebrating the importance of history

First off, I have to say that I approached this review with some trepidation as I am as far removed from being an historical expert as the east is from … Continue reading

July 22, 2010 · 15 Comments

Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks

Commemorating Armistice Week Having seen the film based on this book last winter, I wanted to reread the novel to compare them. The film, directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring … Continue reading

November 9, 2009 · 5 Comments



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