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.

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons

At this time of year, I like to suggest books that you might enjoy snuggled up by the fire, with a mug of hot chocolate and hand-knitted socks. This is … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 7 Comments

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

There are some books that define you at a certain moment in your life. Some, on the other hand, illustrate what you want your future to look like, who you … Continue reading

May 9, 2011 · 9 Comments

A Mistletoe Kiss by Katie Flynn

It was only a mistletoe kiss, Miss Preece told herself, stepping out into the icy December evening and locking the library doors behind her. A mistletoe kiss means nothing, everyone … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

To an adult reader, the plot of this book is clear. During World War II nine-year-old Bruno and his older sister Gretel – the Hopeless Case, as Bruno calls her … Continue reading

December 14, 2010 · 11 Comments

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

I read quite a lot of war fiction, so I felt like I knew what I was getting with this book, set towards the end of the Second World War. … Continue reading

December 3, 2010 · 3 Comments



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