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Slightly Foxed appears quarterly and reminds one, in elegantly crafted essays, of books that have been lost or ignored but which are still worth reading. Slightly Foxed cries out to be devoured the moment it drops through the letter box. It is beautifully designed and printed on gorgeous cream paper.’ – Alexander McCall Smith

‘If you need a good gift for someone who loves to read – or if you love to read and want a little treat for yourself, check out the delightful Slightly Foxed. It’s a quarterly magazine with essays about books, not reviews, but personal recommendations. For people who read a lot, it can be hard to find new suggestions, and every time I read Slightly Foxed, I add several titles to my list.’
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
Slightly Foxed Issue 82 | Summer 2024

The Magazine

Each issue of Slightly Foxed  magazine offers 96 pages of lively personal recommendations for books of lasting interest – books, including fiction and non-fiction, that have stood the test of time and have left their mark on the people who write about them. It’s an eclectic mix, and our contributors are an eclectic bunch too – some well-known, others not so, but all passionate about sharing their enthusiasm for a book or author.

Coming attractions: SARAH PERRY takes a brief lesson in physics • SAM LEITH crosses the Atlantic with a Dean of crime fiction • YSENDA MAXTONE GRAHAM takes notes from a Provincial Lady • TIM PEARS self-medicates with a sparkling French novel • FELICITY JAMES is seduced by an Updike couple • MARGARET DRABBLE travels to Italy • JUSTIN MAROZZI embarks on a Salter sojourn • ISABEL LLOYD faces the long tail of war • GRANT MCINTYRE meets a man who’s walked on the moon • RAFFAELLA BARKER remembers her extraordinary mother, and much more besides.

‘A great present for those who love books.’

Financial Times

Books

Slightly Foxed brings back forgotten voices through its Slightly Foxed Editions, a series of beautifully produced little hand-numbered pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them absorbing and irresistibly collectable. The series includes memoirs by Edward Ardizzone, Roald Dahl, Gerald Durrell, Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Helene Hanff, Laurie Lee, James Lees-Milne, Hilary Mantel, Gavin Maxwell, Jessica Mitford, Graham Greene, Eric Newby, V. S. Pritchett, Anne Fadiman, Gwen Raverat, Dodie Smith, Rosemary Sutcliff and Joanna Rakoff among others. Once the initial run of 2,000 copies of each title has sold out, the most popular of the SF Editions are then reissued as unnumbered (but still collectable) Plain Foxed Editions bound in a handsome duck-egg blue cloth.

For younger bookworms – and nostalgic older ones too – there’s the Slightly Foxed Cubs series, in which we’ve so far reissued Ronald Welch’s outstanding – and long unavailable – historical novels, BB’s classic nature adventure stories for children and Rosemary Sutcliff’s well-loved Roman and post-Roman novels, in a handsome format with the original illustrations.

  • Slightly Foxed Editions

    Slightly Foxed Editions

    Slightly Foxed Editions is a series of beautifully produced little pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them highly absorbing and irresistibly collectable.

    The series includes memoirs by Edward Ardizzone, Roald Dahl, Gerald Durrell, Graham Greene, Helene Hanff, Laurie Lee, Hilary Mantel, Jessica Mitford, Eric Newby, V. S. Pritchett, Gwen Raverat, Dodie Smith and Rosemary Sutcliff, among others.

  • Slightly Foxed Cubs

    Slightly Foxed Cubs

    For younger bookworms – and nostalgic older ones too – there’s the Slightly Foxed Cubs series, in which we’ve reissued Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman novels, favourite titles by BB and a number of Ronald Welch’s outstanding series of historical novels, in a handsome format with the original illustrations.

  • Plain Foxed Editions

    Plain Foxed Editions

    Many of the most popular titles in our limited Slightly Foxed Editions series of classic memoirs have sold out, but we are now making a number of them available in a plainer, unnumbered hardback edition. These sturdy little books, bound in duck-egg blue cloth, come in the same neat pocket format as the original SFEs and will happily fill any gaps on your shelves, as well as forming a delightful uniform edition on their own.

  • The Readers’ Catalogue

    The Readers’ Catalogue

    In addition to listing all the books we publish here at Slightly Foxed, the quarterly printed Readers’ Catalogue (which goes out to subscribers with each new issue of the quarterly) contains our pick of the best newly-published or recently-reissued titles from other publishers.

  • Seasonal & Special Releases

    Seasonal & Special Releases

    In addition to our range of memoirs, biographies and children’s books we have produced a few other seasonal books and other special releases over the years.

  • Goods

    Goods

    Whether you’re in search of a present for a bookish friend or relative, or a treat for yourself, Slightly Foxed offers a carefully chosen range of book-related merchandise, including notebooks, sturdy and good-looking book bags, cards, and bookplates.

Et cetera

Welcome to our virtual kitchen table. Here you can read articles and extracts from the quarterly magazine and our books, catch up with newsletters, find out more about our writers and artists, use the online index to hunt down articles published in back issues and seek out books featured in the magazine, listen to episodes of our podcast, and much more besides.

  • Life in Our Hands | *New* from the Slightly Foxed bookshelves
    17 May 2024

    Life in Our Hands | *New* from the Slightly Foxed bookshelves

    It is three o’clock in the morning, ‘the very bottom of time’ as Pamela Bright describes it, and her ward is filled with wounded men. So overstretched is she that she barely knows where she is, but as her gut-wrenchingly vivid account progresses, we begin to understand that she is in a Casualty Clearing Station attached to the British Second Army in Normandy, which had landed a week after D-Day in June 1944. Pamela is one of the young nurses working heroically to tend to the wounded in impossible conditions a few miles from the front line.
  • Celtic Charm and Champagne | Empress of Ireland
    3 May 2024

    Celtic Charm and Champagne | Empress of Ireland

    The Empress of Ireland is not enjoyable because it does something cliched like “capturing a lost world”; it entertains wildly because the author, purely by chance, encountered a truly original character that even the finest novelist could not have invented.’ – Gustav Temple, The Chap The subtitle to this delicious book is ‘A Chronicle of an Unusual Friendship’, and it would indeed be difficult to imagine two more unlikely companions than its author and his subject, the 80-year-old gay Irish film-maker Brian Desmond Hurst.
  • A Cab at the Door *Last 50!* | From the Slightly Foxed bookshelves
    26 April 2024

    A Cab at the Door *Last 50!* | From the Slightly Foxed bookshelves

    Greetings from Hoxton Square where we are gearing up for the arrival of the summer offerings from Tracey and the team at Smith Settle. Whilst floor-sweeping, shelf-shuffling and stock-checking, we noticed that we have just one box (50 copies) of our smart little Slightly Foxed paperback edition of V. S. Pritchett’s A Cab at the Door left in stock. We won’t be reprinting this title so if you are yet to add this classic memoir to your Slightly Foxed collection, please take this last opportunity to do so!
  • Supper with the sun in our eyes | A Countryman’s Summer Notebook
    19 April 2024

    Supper with the sun in our eyes | A Countryman’s Summer Notebook

    Greetings from Hoxton Square where we have already begun posting out pre-orders of Adrian Bell’s A Countryman’s Summer Notebook. In this, the third volume of our seasonal quartet, Bell takes us into the summer countryside, to smell the may blossom in hedges which ‘suddenly become cliffs of white’, to linger in quiet churches, wander through country towns, and hear the voices of the craftsmen and women, the farmers and farm labourers whose lives are rooted in the Suffolk soil.

The Slightly Foxed Podcast

Come behind the scenes with the staff of Slightly Foxed to learn what makes this unusual literary magazine tick, meet some of its varied friends and contributors, and hear their personal recommendations for favourite and often forgotten books that have helped, haunted, informed or entertained them.

From Readers & The Press

  • ‘The 23 best books I read in 2023’ | Miranda Mills, The Comfort Book Club
    22 January 2024

    ‘The 23 best books I read in 2023’ | Miranda Mills, The Comfort Book Club

    Miranda Mills of The Comfort Book Club sharing the 23 best books she read in 2023, from contemporary fiction to backlisted treasures, non-fiction, vintage finds and children's book. This delightful round-up includes our Slightly Foxed Edition of Colin Clark's The Prince, The Showgirl and Me.
  • ‘The Carey novels are fantastic . . .’
    28 July 2023

    ‘The Carey novels are fantastic . . .’

    ‘The Carey novels are fantastic – I first read them in the mid ’60s and purchased the complete set from you a few years ago. They are now about to be read to granddaughters. Thank you.’
  • ‘The joy when SF falls through the letterbox remains undiminished’
    20 June 2023

    ‘The joy when SF falls through the letterbox remains undiminished’

    ‘I’ve lost count of authors I’ve discovered through reading SF not to mention old ones rediscovered. Ursula Buchan’s essay on Wavell’s Other Men’s Flowers was particularly poignant. It was great to see Sandy McCall Smith singing your praises very eloquently…
  • ‘Two rich recent discoveries – both published by Slightly Foxed Editions’
    4 October 2021

    ‘Two rich recent discoveries – both published by Slightly Foxed Editions’

    The Empress of Ireland is the novelist and screenwriter Christopher Robbins’s account of his friendship with the most successful forgotten Irish film director of all time, Brian Desmond Hurst . . . The book, simply, is a masterpiece, and its neglect is as inexplicable as that of its subject. Still Life by Richard Cobb, first published in 1983, is a memoir of a Tunbridge Wells childhood. Cobb, historian and Francophile, seems to have had a photographic memory, and his memoir is both an uncannily vivid resurrection of past times . . .

‘Thank you SF for all the pleasure you give . . .

. . . and if we ARE headed for Hell in a handcart, I hope it will be well-stocked with past issues of your life-enhancing magazine.’
S. Boswell, Suffolk

Birth of a Book

‘Slightly Foxed have stepped aside from the ebook stampede to publish beautifully bound hardbacks that recall a bygone age — and sell like hot cakes. Watch Smith Settle bookbinders near Leeds bring one of their hardback books to life. Mesmerising.’

Film shot by Glen Milner for The Telegraph.

Birth of a Book
Birth of a Book
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