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In the Time of Foxes by [Jo Lennan]


‘Brilliant. Each story takes us into a new world but the collection is bound together by a unified sensibility and a belief in the power of adaptability.’ Michael Billington 

‘A fox could be a shape-shifter, a spirit being. It could appear in human form if this suited its purposes; it could come and go as it pleased, play tricks, lead men astray.’

In Hackney, gigging filmmaker Nina has a fox problem in her garden. Actress Holly is implicated in the fallout of a scandal. Paul, an English tutor, gets too close to an oligarch. And Sebastian, a freelance journalist, hides a devastating secret.

Portraying the young and mobile in a world of hustle, In the Time of Foxes takes the fox as its spirit animal. Gritty and surprising, the stories range from London to Spain, Moscow to Hong Kong, revealing the shapeshifting that goes on in modern life. 

Showing the short story collection at its most compelling and rewarding, In the Time of Foxes is deeply insightful about the times in which we live. It introduces Jo Lennan as an irresistible new storyteller.


In the Time of Foxes


This book makes for the perfect bedside table reads. As each story is between 20 and 30 pages. The theme running through the book is foxes. The first story is about a family of foxes in the garden, with comparisons made to life. I listened to the stories and had to stop when each new one began and go back to the beginning of it. I am not a short story lover as I often read a book a day and see short stories more of a coffee break or bedtime read.

The stories are very different from each other, with the fox or its traits appearing in each one. I particularly liked the ground Zero story as it had a twist I had not seen. We often don’t listen to people and miss what they are trying to say, in these sorts of situations. I had been too busy keeping my eye on the narrator of this story and done just that.

For some of the stories, I had to try to find the connection to the fox theme. In the end, I decided to just enjoy each story, and not over analyse them too much. From that point, I liked the book much more. I will look out for other books from this author. It has a good variety of stories from all over the world.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Born in Australia, Jo Lennan studied in Sydney and Oxford. She has worked as a lawyer and writer, contributing to The Economist1843Time Magazine and The Monthly. Her award-winning short stories and essays feature in anthologies and literary journals. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Twitter: @jolennan

In the Time of Foxes by [Jo Lennan]

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