‘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’. An escapee from a cult in Japan; an animal activist with something to hide; a caf?-owner in Sydney reconnecting with her estranged husband; even a journalist on Mars, face-to-face with his fate. The world has taught these men and women how to change shape, to be cunning – but have they also learned to be wise? ‘In the Time of Foxes’ is both compellingly readable and deeply insightful about the times in which we live, each narrative a compressed novel.