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.


IMG_0913Simon blogs at, is the reviews editor of Shiny New Books, and has been a member of Vulpes Libris since 2013. He feels most at home in the world of 1920s and 1930s novels, particularly those which feature an eccentric spinster or two, but he is gradually learning that other periods also have their merits. His favourite books are E.M. Delafield’s Provincial Lady series, Frank Baker’s Miss Hargreaves, and more or less anything else that he lists in his 50 Books You Must Read But Not Have Heard About on his blog. A particular weakness is books about books.

Simon currently works at Oxford University Press, chiefly doing lots more blog-related stuff, and has lived in Oxford since he arrived as a fresh-faced undergraduate in 2004. Not one for change, he eventually left Oxford nine years later with a DPhil on middlebrow, fantastic novels between the world wars.

He often describes himself as the only Christian vegetarian twin he knows, and (like all the book foxes) is more or less constantly surrounded by books, particularly since he has no interest in ebooks. But not entirely technophobic by any means – his latest venture is the Tea or Books? podcast with Rachel from Book Snob. Oh, and you can find me on Twitter @stuck_inbook.


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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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