Attended by the Seasons

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The year is almost over, and what a year it’s been – from a sad goodbye to our bookshop in January to a very jolly 50th issue celebration in June. Now we’re delighted to be ending our 13th year on a high with a bestselling book!

Our 36th Slightly Foxed Edition, Ysenda Maxtone Graham’s Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding-Schools, 1939–1979, has received rave reviews from the press and from readers all over the world, and the foxes are working around the clock to keep up with orders. We usually send all orders within a day or so but, what with our runaway bestseller and the usual Christmas rush, we’re currently working about 5 days behind schedule. If you’ve placed an order in the last 7 days and haven’t yet received your items, please be assured that they will be with you soon or in good time for Christmas, if a gift.

For any readers yet to experience the delights of Ysenda’s writingwe do recommend adding Terms & Conditions to your Christmas list. The second reprint of the Plain Foxed Edition is about to arrive (with a third reprint on order) and there is still a small stock of the limited Slightly Foxed Edition left. The limited edition has hitherto been reserved for subscribers to Slightly Foxed, but since reviews and orders keep pouring in we are now making the remaining copies available to all. Our Slightly Foxed Editions are delectably collectible so if you are a subscriber and haven’t yet ordered a copy, please do snap one up while stocks last.

And now, from a latter-day mistress of comic writing to an oft-overlooked author from the past. We first published Dodie Smith’s Look Back with Love as a Slightly Foxed Edition in 2012 and we have since reissued it as a handsome paperback. Writing in Slightly Foxed, Dodie’s biographer Valerie Grove describes Look Back with Love as ‘one of the happiest and funniest accounts of an Edwardian upbringing’. And indeed it is. Best known for her first novel I Capture the Castle, for the evergreen The Hundred and One Dalmatians, and for Dear Octopus, her 1938 play set at a family reunion, Dodie did not publish this account of her early life until 1974 when she was 78. Read on for an extract from Look Back with Love in which we join the 7-year-old Dodie as she makes her first ‘professional gesture’, and a few recommendations for presents and winter reading.

If you need help or have any questions about your order or membership, you can always phone the office on 020 7033 0258 and speak to one of us for more information, email Hattie on [email protected] or write to us by post at 53 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.

With very best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year from the SF office staff
Jennie, Anna, Olivia, Hattie and Katy

Christmas Opening Hours
The office will close for Christmas on Thursday 22 December at 5 p.m.
and will reopen at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday 3 January.

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