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A New Vole

‘The new issue of Slightly Foxed (No.41, Spring 2014) arrived this morning and as usual the day threatened to grind to a halt. I am slowly learning to resist the urge to find a quiet corner and consume its 96 pages in one gulp and to ration my reading over the three months before the next issue. And so I’ve just read the first essay – a review of Lewis Thomas’ groundbreaking The Lives Of A Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Richard Mabey – which is as eloquent and persuasive as you would expect, but what intrigued me was the constant references to the brilliant and really badly-missed Vole magazine that Mabey contributed to and that was edited by one of my heroes – the late Richard Boston . . .’

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