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A Whole World of Good Reading

The independent-minded quarterly magazine that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like having a well-read friend than a literary review subscription.

Slightly Foxed Issue 75, Autumn 2022

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. In recent and forthcoming issues:

Adam Foulds opens The Book of DisquietSelina Hastings visits Don Otavio with Sybille Bedford • Flora Watkins acts as a go-between for L. P. Hartley • Olivia Potts and Julia Child master the art of French cooking • Justin Marozzi takes a short walk in the Hindu Kush • Adam Sisman faces a Martian invasion with H. G. Wells • Colin Clark introduces Derek Parker to Marilyn Monroe • Daisy Dunn and Mary Renault drink The Last of the WinePosy Fallowfield attends a wedding with Carson McCullers • Gustav Temple is unnerved by Patricia Highsmith • Margaret Drabble spends time with Doris Lessing, and much more besides . . .

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, Graham Greene, Helene Hanff, Diana Holman-Hunt, Michael Holroyd, James Lees-Milne, Hilary Mantel, Gavin Maxwell, V. S. Pritchett, Dodie Smith and Rosemary Sutcliff, 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, Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Graham Greene, Helene Hanff, Diana Holman-Hunt, Michael Holroyd, James Lees-Milne, Hilary Mantel, Gavin Maxwell, V. S. Pritchett, 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.

  • The Secret Orchard of Roger Ackerley | Diana Petre
    30 September 2022

    The Secret Orchard of Roger Ackerley | Diana Petre

    Diana and her twin sisters grew up in Barnes, South London, in the care of an elderly housekeeper, having been abandoned in 1912 by their mother, the enigmatic Mrs Muriel Perry, whose real name and true identity were a mystery. After an absence of ten years, Muriel reappeared and took charge of her children, with disastrous results. For the girls, one of the highlights of their isolated lives were visits from a kindly man they knew as ‘Uncle Bodger’. In fact, as Muriel finally revealed in characteristically brutal fashion, he was their father, Roger Ackerley. Unbeknownst to the girls, he lived down the road in Richmond with a retired actress and his three further children.
  • Confessions of a Common Reader | From the Slightly Foxed archives
    23 September 2022

    Confessions of a Common Reader | From the Slightly Foxed archives

    ‘Anne Fadiman recalls that Charles Lamb “once told Coleridge that he was especially fond of books containing traces of buttered muffins”’ Here at Hoxton Square we feel we may be kindred spirits with Charles Lamb, especially as the season turns and there’s a chill in the air, calling for muffins and good books to bury one’s nose in. As we come to the end of another busy working week, we’d like to take you back to where our story began: the first article of the first issue of Slightly Foxed magazine. Appropriately enough, it’s about a lifelong obsession with books. And we do hope that you, dear readers, will find a kindred spirit in Anne Fadiman.
  • Nella Last’s War | From the Slightly Foxed bookshelves
    2 September 2022

    Nella Last’s War | From the Slightly Foxed bookshelves

    Introducing the latest addition to the Slightly Foxed Editions list, No. 60: Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49 In 1937 the social research group Mass Observation launched a project to record the lives of ordinary people in Britain by recruiting 500 volunteer diarists. One of these was Nella Last, a housewife living in Barrow-in-Furness with a husband and two grown-up sons, one a trainee tax-inspector and one in the army. So far, so seemingly ordinary, but there was nothing ordinary about Nella. She left us an unrivalled account of life in wartime Britain that is not only a piece of social history but also the portrait of a woman you feel could have run the country, given half a chance.
  • ‘Every offering is a true gem’ | New this Autumn from Slightly Foxed
    26 August 2022

    ‘Every offering is a true gem’ | New this Autumn from Slightly Foxed

    Greetings, dear readers. We’re delighted to announce that the new Autumn issue of Slightly Foxed (No. 75) has now left the printing press at Smith Settle and will start to arrive with subscribers in the UK very soon and elsewhere over the next few weeks. It ranges far and wide in the usual eclectic manner: Galen O’Hanlon goes to the seaside with R. C. Sherriff • Ysenda Maxtone Graham enjoys a housewife’s wartime diaries • Christopher Rush meets Miss Jean Brodie in her prime • David Fleming goes monster hunting in Loch Ness • Sue Quinn celebrates Florence White’s English cooking • Adam Sisman faces a Martian invasion with H. G. Wells, and much more besides . . . With it, as usual, you’ll find a print copy of our latest Readers’ Catalogue, listing new books, our backlist, seasonal reading from other publishers’ bookshelves and a selection of offers and bundles. We hope it will provide plenty of recommendations for reading off the beaten track this autumn.

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

  • ‘It is a beautiful place to be transported to’
    16 May 2022

    ‘It is a beautiful place to be transported to’

    ‘Flora is “Laura” in the retelling and with a keen eye for observing nature and beauty, Flora Thompson renders an exacting yet not too sentimental picture of what life was like for the rural poor. Struggling to make ends meet, yet happy in enjoying the simple pleasures of life, Lark Rise is an intimate and detailed social history of life in those times . . . It is a beautiful place to be transported to and though the last page of the book brought tears to my eyes, I will leave it to you, to find out why.’ 
  • ‘Anne Fadiman’s mastery of the English language is a delight . . .’
    28 January 2022

    ‘Anne Fadiman’s mastery of the English language is a delight . . .’

    ‘I received The Wine Lover’s Daughter in the post, and within two days I had read it from cover to cover. All I can say is that it was a delightful book. Anne Fadiman’s mastery of the English language is…
  • ‘An exquisite book, Letters to Michael, published by Slightly Foxed’
    17 December 2021

    ‘An exquisite book, Letters to Michael, published by Slightly Foxed’

    Between early 1945 and autumn 1947, Charles Phillipson, an illustrator in the publicity department of an electrical company, wrote 150 letters to his young son, Michael – amusing drawings of daily life accompanied by a few cheerful words . . . they have been gathered into an exquisite book, Letters to Michael, published by Slightly Foxed.
  • ‘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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