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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

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.

‘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

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.

‘A great present for those who love books.’

Financial Times

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.

  • Taking the Plunge | From the Slightly Foxed Archives
    27 June 2024

    Taking the Plunge | From the Slightly Foxed Archives

    Greetings from Hoxton Square, where this time next week we will readying to shut up shop and head to Liverpool Street for the 14.52 to Norwich. From there we’ll tootle along to Holt to meet Hazel and Steph at The Holt Bookshop to toast our summer issue of Slightly Foxed, the new quarter’s SF Edition Life in Our Hands and Adrian Bell’s Summer Notebook, browse the shelves and talk books with friends and fellow readers.
  • Down to Earth | Rural reads for the summer
    14 June 2024

    Down to Earth | Rural reads for the summer

    Greetings from No. 53 Hoxton Square, where the rain is lashing the old metal-framed window panes and we’re spending our lunch breaks holed up on the sofa with mugs of hot soup, dreaming of escaping the city for Adrian Bell’s flower-filled orchard or, more appealingly, a comfortable chair fireside until summer decides to arrive. We fear it may be a little while yet until summer does come to stay and so, in the interests of remaining cheerful come rain or shine, we’re plotting a jolly trip out of the city.
  • A Countryman’s Summer Notebook Extract | ‘The Simple Life’
    19 April 2024

    A Countryman’s Summer Notebook Extract | ‘The Simple Life’

    ‘In practice it’s not so easy,’ somebody said, ‘to live simply.’ We were sitting in a little mill house among paddocks, having supper with the sun in our eyes: it shone straight through the open door. Copper pans on the west-facing wall blazed like some hero’s arms. The hay field outside had a rosy crest of sorrel, and the flowering grassheads glittered. Then the rook appeared, stalking up the path. It was a tame one, rescued after a farmers’ battue, found lying in the grass, its flight feathers shot away on one side. He stood peering in at the door. ‘Here I am.’ Meet Joe.
  • Interesting articles, beautifully presented | New this Summer from Slightly Foxed
    24 May 2024

    Interesting articles, beautifully presented | New this Summer from Slightly Foxed

    Greetings, dear readers, from Hoxton Square. We’re delighted to report that the new summer issue of Slightly Foxed has now left the printing press at Smith Settle and should arrive with readers in the UK in the coming days and elsewhere over the next few weeks. We do hope it brings much reading pleasure.

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

‘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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