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.


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.

4 comments on “Hilary

  1. Candy
    May 11, 2011

    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.

  2. Rosie
    March 8, 2014

    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!

  3. Conor
    March 14, 2014

    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!

  4. Pingback: Max at Night by Ed Vere | Vulpes Libris

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s



Editorial Policy

The views expressed in the articles and reviews on Vulpes Libris are those of the authors, and not of Vulpes Libris itself.

Quoting from Vulpes Libris

You are very welcome to quote up to 100 words from any article posted on Vulpes Libris - as long as you quote accurately, give us due credit and link back to the original post. If you would like to quote MORE than 100 words, please ask us first via the email address in the Contact details.


  • (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.)
  • %d bloggers like this: