Eclectic, elegant and entertaining, Slightly Foxed is the literary magazine for nonconformists, for people who don’t want to read only what the big publishers are hyping and the newspapers are reviewing.
There are thousands of good books in print that are never mentioned in the literary pages, but most people have no way of knowing what they are or which ones may appeal to them. Slightly Foxed fills this gap, introducing, or reintroducing, its readers to all those wonderful books that languish on publishers’ backlists but have too often disappeared from bookshops.
Its contributors are established writers, journalists and people from other fields who share their passion for particular books and authors. Since it is entirely independent, Slightly Foxed is free to follow its own bent, to promote unfashionable enthusiasms, to celebrate the offbeat and the unusual. Contributors are encouraged to discuss their chosen books with passion and wit, to air arcane knowledge, to delight in eccentricity and to share the joys of exploring the extraordinary, the little-known and the downright peculiar.
So whether you’re in search of stimulation, consolation or diversion, a treat for yourself or a present for a friend or relative, you might do worse than take out a subscription to Slightly Foxed. If you do, you’ll be in excellent company.
Slightly Foxed also brings back forgotten voices through its Slightly Foxed Editions, a series of beautifully produced little pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them absorbing and highly individual. 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 – Carey family series of historical novels for children, in a handsome format with the original illustrations. And there are more reissues of classic children’s authors to come.
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 our sturdy and good-looking book and tote bags, and a series of personalized bookplates featuring wood engravings by some of our favourite engravers. A subscription to the magazine brings with it a membership card offering various benefits such as reduced membership fees for a number of literary clubs and organizations and reductions on all things Slightly Foxed.
‘Understated and distinguished’ Hilary Mantel
‘A wonderful publication, at once unpretentious and lively, edifying and fun. It manages to be not only a superb guide to many excellent books but also to offer writing of its own that is remarkably entertaining .’ The Author
‘The magazine’s other great strength is its tactile quality. It looks and feels good. Its lay-out is stylish, the presentation is clear and uncluttered, its size (21cm x 14.5cm) is perfect for the crowded train journey, reading in bed, or the cramped fisherman’s tent, and it’s printed on high-quality cream-coloured vellum paper. And so everything about it exudes a degree of excellence that is uncommon in specialist periodical publishing today.’ Caught by the River
‘Slightly Foxed is like a breath of fresh air . . . a pleasure to look at as well as to read.’ Irish Times
‘Slightly Foxed is a handsome handful of thick creaminess, always with lovely covers, and would make a great present for someone who likes books, and for who you can never think of a remotely suitable present… the magazine is rather like that voice you always hope to hear behind you in old bookshops … “Ah now that’s an interesting one”.’ Miles Kington, Independent
‘A rare oasis of quiet, but intelligent literary reflection, free from the spiky cynicism that so often marrs other publications’ The Lady
‘Read one issue back to back and you could cross every conceivable reader off your Christmas present list’ Paris Review
‘For those bibliophiles who yearn for a whiff of an era when a chap wanting something bound in leather on the Charing Cross Road looked to Marks & Co, not Ann Summers, Slightly Foxed will come as manna from heaven. With a name derived from the dealer’s argot for the kind of liver spots that blossom on musty volumes, it couldn’t be more bookish if it tried. Fondling its delightfully crisp, cream pages you can almost feel corduroy patches sprouting from your elbows. Unashamedly crumbly in its outlook, its preference for writers, books and publishers of the old school (ie alcoholics, dissolute aristocrats, waspish bluestockings, and so on). Simon Raven, Josephine Tey and the Puffin Book Club are considered here; the next issue promises Simon Brett discussing ‘Gwen Raverat’s achievement as a wood engraver’. I, for one, can’t wait.’ Travis Elborough, Guardian
‘Slightly Foxed is a wonderful British quarterly about books that have survived the test of time. Each issue is a collection of very short, charming essays by writers on their favorite books. I always end up with a good list—that’s how I discovered Angela Thirkell. A Slightly Foxed subscription also makes a great gift for bookish friends.’ Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
‘Slightly Foxed is unique among literary magazines. It has introduced many of us to books we have come to love. I would not be without it.’ Michael Holroyd
‘In a desert of internet conglomerates and soulless e-readers, Slightly Foxed is an oasis of literary joy.’ Paul Kingsnorth
‘Slightly Foxed is a wonderful literary magazine, a real little gem’ Chris Stewart
‘Slightly Foxed is like a bookish friend, who, guiding you round their party, leaves you in the capable hands of various learned friends.’ Notes from the Underground
‘It’s a joy, a delight, a quarterly treat that drives me to the bookshelves, the bookshop or the library in search of forgotten or never-encountered pleasures. I won’t say that Slightly Foxed is essential, it’s just that I can’t live without it any more.’ Bernard Cornwell
‘A lovely production . . . it contains many riches.’ The Bookseller
‘Sparky and independent’ The Times
‘The arrival of a new issue of Slightly Foxed makes me drop everything. I read it from cover to cover and it immediately sends me off to order a number of the books that it features. Slightly Foxed is a brilliant idea, beautifully realised.’ Alexander McCall Smith
‘Do your bit for intergenerational harmony. Strike a blow for the small and individual. Fight against the corporate homogenized publishing world. Buy Slightly Foxed.’ Zembla Magazine
‘Sometimes deep, sometimes surprising, often eccentric, but always unputdownable.’ Posy Simmonds
‘Slightly Foxed is pure happiness. May you go on for decades to come.’ Ronald Blythe
‘I’m not sure if the rules of ‘Desert Island Discs’ allow a periodical instead of a book; but if they do – and no doubt the people at Brewhouse Yard could arrange delivery by homing albatross – I’d go for a subscription to Slightly Foxed and ration myself, very strictly, to an article a week . . . And I know I’d still read it in one go the day it arrived.’ Tim Mackintosh-Smith
‘The perfect present for any addicted reader, who will love its quirky tone, its neat format and elegant look’ The Oldie
‘It’s always a red-letter day when the post includes Slightly Foxed – gorgeous new cover, choice list of contents. I always find one title I plan to read – or an old favourite I’d forgotten about.’ Penelope Lively
‘For all ‘Real Readers’ it’s exciting to open a new issue of Slightly Foxed, sure of meeting a kindred spirit in each little essay – though that’s all you can be sure of, given the deliciously unpredictable variety of themes. This quarterly passes the re-reading test and deserves its own space in a bookcase; later generations can quote from it to prove that good writing didn’t die with the twentieth century.’ Dervla Murphy
‘A quarterly box of delights – always something unexpected to excite the taste buds of the bookish. I know it’s planned, but it feels fortuitous and that’s quite an art.’ Paul Routledge
‘My birthday present from Ludo last year was a subscription to a quarterly magazine called Slightly Foxed. Each issue has beautifully written essays by people involved in the producing, writing or selling of books recommending writers or books they love. Not only is it a fantastic read in its own right, it introduces the reader to an eclectic, unusual selection of reading material outside the usual bestseller lists and bookshop books of the week.’ Kate Humble