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.


moira-looking-misleadingly-benevolentMoira now lives deep in rural Dumfries and Galloway with two Jack Russells and a lot of extremely temperamental houseplants. She originally had 2,000 books as well, but faced with the choice of either buying a four-bedroomed house with a basement and outbuildings or getting rid of three-quarters of the books, she opted for the latter. If you pop into your nearest British Heart Foundation shop, you’ll probably find a few of them.

She was the manager of a small but highly regarded complementary healthcare charity in the Lake District for over 20 years, until its closure in 2014, and is now considering her options, one of which is to write a roman à clef exacting revenge on everyone who’s done her wrong in the last 30 years – or possibly more, depending on how good her memory is. On the other hand, she may just decide to commune with her hollyhocks instead.

Apart from writing and reviewing for Vulpes, she occasionally adds an episode to her semi-biographical account of life in a semi-fictitious village somewhere in the UK in THE ADVERSE CAMBER DIARIES, mostly to amuse herself, but also in the hope that it might amuse someone else.

She writes terrible poetry, paints enthusiastically (but inexpertly), embroiders beautifully and spends many hours in the garden trying to prevent it from taking over the house.

She also has a deeply misleading habit of talking about herself in the third person.

(If you really want to know more about her, you’ll find an interview with her here.)





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  • (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.)
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