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.


 Emma Darwin

Emma is a novelist and occasional short story writer who keeps finding herself writing historical fiction. Certainly most of the books which meant so much that they re-wired her brain a little were and are that kind of thing: Peter Ackroyd, Rose Tremain, Barry Unsworth, Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger and Penelope Farmer’s Charlotte Sometimes. She also has a tangential taste for John LeCarré and, at another tangent, for mid-20th century novelists such as Elizabeth Bowen and E. H. Young, as well as their bestseller cousins Georgette Heyer and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Emma’s first novel The Mathematics of Love was published in 2006 by Headline Review and William Morrow, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and Goss first novel awards. She has an MPhil in Writing from the University of Glamorgan. Her current novel is almost signed off, but the new one is on hold while she finishes off her PhD in Creative Writing and does a bit of teaching at Goldsmiths’ College in London.

Emma’s just taken to blogging herself about writing and reading, launching This Itch of Writing in August 2007. Her shiny book-trade face, on the other hand, is on her website at



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