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.


I teach English literature, I research dusty authors, forgotten fiction and the unlit corners of British print culture and publishing history. This all feeds the books I write for pleasure, and because I am passionate about putting research out into public view. Three years of my podcasts are available for your light listening pleasure on, where I talk eagerly about the books I really, really like.  I avoid anything marketed as a bestseller, book about numbers or modern literary fiction, whereas I really do like old novels and poems, books about trees and vintage science fiction. I still loathe reading novels in ebook format, but have reluctantly converted to magazine subscriptions as pdfs. My non-Vulpes book blogging is done at, and I tweet @KateRLTB.

2 comments on “Kate

  1. CFisher
    July 20, 2012

    Nice to find you blogging on old and unjustly forgotten books. I look forward to coming across more authors to add to my list. Perhaps I’ll be able to make you rethink your views on ebooks!

  2. Kate
    July 20, 2012

    Two years ago, I said no way. Now, I’m using ebooks for reviewing, and for work, but never for pleasure. Except when a friend publishes digitally and there’s no other way to read the book.

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