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.
Hilary is a Librarian by profession, and has recently retired after a career in public libraries in a job that on the face of it had to with anything but books – commissioning library automation, online information, access to the Internet in libraries and so forth. But she wouldn’t have done this job, or be a Book Fox, without the conviction that enjoyment of books, reading and the written word is greatly enriched by the World Wide Web and social media, and that libraries will survive, as they have done for thousands of years, by providing the best of access to the best of writing.
When not trying to imagine what libraries will be like ten years from now, Hilary takes care of an 18th century parish library (which is inspiring) and has an interest in historic libraries and rare books. She loves to read almost, but not quite, anything, and enjoys inflicting her bizarre discoveries on Vulpes Libris. She also rings church bells, sings in choirs, loves live music of many different kinds and goes to gigs in a wide range of places, from the Royal Albert Hall to Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.
I’m writing from Hodder as we have a wonderful book due to be published next week that I believe would be of interest to your readers.
L’Auberge is Julia Stagg’s first novel and is the story of an English couple who moved to the stunning Ariège-Pyrenees, Fogas. The book centres on the small commune of Fogas and follow the lives, loves and machinations of its inhabitants in a style comparable to Chocolat and Clochemerle.
I would love to send you a review copy of this engaging account of how a couple set out to make their dream a reality.
Please could you advise me of the best address to send L’Auberge to and I will send a copy today.
you can send a copy to me to review on ‘For Booksake website’ or ‘ONW’ literature pages, both in Manchester if it’s of help?
a friend of Howards sister!
I loved your piece on ‘The Spirit of London’, which brought it vividly to life. I collect (and sell) these Batsford books on the British landscape with the beautiful Brian Cook dustwrappers, and they mostly make marvellous reading. As for Commonwealth visitors not using the Strand, I can assure you it was thronged with them when I drove down it one Sunday evening last year. I suspect many were members of the LSE and Kings College there. I’d recommend Ian Nairn’s thrillingly written book ‘Nairn’s London’. Do write some more like this!
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