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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you SF once again 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.’


20160616114713 Seagull by George Tute

Extract from The High Path

When he came home of an evening, we went through an unchanging ritual. Hanging on the gate, I could tell the shape of him as he cruised the last half-mile along the Brighton Road on the Ariel. Just our side of Chandler’s Corner he would switch off the petrol for the sake of economy and freewheel silently the rest of the way, having judged his impetus so exactly that the merest touch of the brakes would halt him after the front wheel bumped over the kerb. The bike would be wheeled into the outhouse, suddenly full of the stirring odour of hot oil and the clicking of cooling metal. And then, in the kitchen, even had I been blindfolded, I could have recognised him; for he brought into the house an entire anthology of smells I associated with nobody else: the hair-oil smell of his cap; the open-road gustiness of his flapping coat; and then the redolence of his trade: sawdust and shavings of pitch-pine and mahogany, a toolbag rankness of nailsacks and creosote, carpenter’s pencil and linseed oil. With water scaldingly hot from the kettle on the hob, straight away he would wash his hands as methodically as a surgeon; and then I would nuzzle at his own essential fragrances – sweat and Nut-Brown shag at the nape of his neck – when he carried me through to the living-room table. Here his dinner would be waiting for him (my mother and I would already have had ours) and I would watch him, cat-like, eat every mouthful . . .

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An Index to Slightly Foxed

We’re in the process of adding profiles of all our contributors to the noticeboard. Meantime, follow this link for an index to Issues 1-51 of the quarterly: An Index to Slightly Foxed


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‘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 . . . it couldn’t be more bookish if it tried.’ Guardian


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It’s that happy time again @FoxedQuarterly pic.twitter.com/uRAoDbKO9t — Don Oldham (@OldhamDs) November 29, 2015


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Our readers write . . .

After reading @M_Z_Harrison – top-notch – on Gilbert White in @FoxedQuarterly I’ve spent the wknd dug into Selborne pic.twitter.com/Sy470cTK8J — Laura Freeman (@LauraSFreeman) November 30, 2015


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Our readers write . . .

‘My order arrived today, very promptly and beautifully packed. Everything I ordered was even better than it looked on the website & in the leaflet. The notebook is a Christmas present for my daughter, who loves a nice notebook for use at work – even though she works for IBM, she still likes the old ways too! I am sure this one will be much appreciated.’


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2016 Calendar

Last year a number of readers expressed disappointment that we weren’t producing another Slightly Foxed calendar. So we’ve put our heads together and come up with what we think is a very handsome version for 2016.

Measuring 310 x 250mm and featuring twelve of our favourite seasonal covers, the new, slightly larger design allows space each day for vital notes and engagements. More . . .


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The House of Elrig

New this autumn: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 31

The writer and naturalist Gavin Maxwell is best known for Ring of Bright Water, his moving account of raising otters on the remote west coast of Scotland – undoubtedly one of the greatest nature books ever written. In his childhood memoir The House of Elrig he describes, with the same lyrical power that made that earlier book a classic, how it all began. More . . .


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Nicholas Carey

New this autumn in the Slightly Foxed Cubs series.

It is 1853, and on holiday in Italy, Captain Nicholas Carey is persuaded by his impulsive cousin Andrew to help three Italian revolutionaries avoid capture and escape the Papal States. After returning to England, Nicholas runs his cousin to earth in Paris, where he is still involved with the revolutionaries, and the two foil an assassination attempt on the Emperor, Napoleon III. More . . .


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Our readers write . . .

‘You have been tempting us successfully for years with wonderful books with words. Now you are tempting us with books without words, your beautiful notebooks are . . . well, beautiful . . . so much so that without a stiff drink I don’t think I’ll be able to mark them in any way (not even with a small doodle).’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Congratulations on sustaining a publication of such high quality and quirky content together with more than a touch of class in its physical production.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Here’s £40 for another year of intelligent pleasure.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I absolutely love receiving my Slightly Foxed. To me it’s an oasis of beautiful words and a calm, gentle world to retreat to. I savour each edition and never, never throw them out. I reluctantly loan them to friends and jealously guard their return. Thank you for this precious gift in my life.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I find your organization very charming. The books come really from another era . . . The authors you have, the pieces you do, really was the type of writing in New England in the late 60s/beginning 70s. You people have preserved it! Thus you have won me as a subscriber. I thank you for your excellent selections, stay charming English, as you are.’


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Our readers write . . .

Slightly Foxed records those opportunities lost, reminding us all that long ago we really ought to have read more.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Just to say very many thanks for another wonderful edition of Slightly Foxed. I have been a subscriber since the 4th or 5th edition, and each copy is a veritable treasure.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘What delightfully personal communication, few these days and far between . . . To be courteously addressed now – by persons, no less, with real names rather than mere titles – goes a long way to restoring trust.’


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‘Many thanks for reminding me to renew my good lady’s subscription, thus redeeming me from a year’s supply of cold shoulders and cold teas . . . Keep up the high level of publishing, and I will continue to spread the Slightly Foxed “Gospel” to all.’


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‘I have just renewed my subscription online and had completely forgotten to do so earlier. Quite how I forgot a publication which gives me as much pleasure as Slightly Foxed is beyond me. Not only do I read each copy cover to cover when it arrives, I keep all the past issues and regularly delve into them. When my daughters were teenagers, the highest accolade they ever bestowed was to call something “utter genius”. You certainly are – thank you.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you so much for resending a copy of The Young Ardizzone . . . The second one arrived on Saturday in perfect condition. It looks lovely and I hope my sister-in-law enjoys reading it.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘To all at Hoxton Square,
Please find enclosed payment for the latest edition . . . Keep up the brilliant way in which you make us all so happy!’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Your gracious letter, missing me as a subscriber, touched my heart. A renewal form is enclosed. For a while, feeling I had too much to read and too little money, I thought to deny myself Slightly Foxed, but, ah, I would be sorry. Certainly it’s unique, and I also appreciate the wonderful books you have been bringing back into print.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I thoroughly enjoy the publication and I have bought some of your special editions. I don’t have the time to write (nor do I have the magic with words that many of your contributors have) but let this serve as my appreciation for your work.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I have been slightly foxed now for four years and I’ve just received a card from you to inform me that I can remain blissfully in that condition for another year.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I think the magazine is absolutely “top-hole” and only wish I had cottoned on to its existence earlier.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘It is such a joy to find a publication that so effectively conveys the pleasure of good books, and I have found myself discovering and rediscovering authors throughout my first year as a subscriber.’


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‘Just home from holidays to find both dogs AND Spring issue waiting: best afternoon ever’ via Twitter


20150310113636 Carol Ann Duffy

Famous People’s Foxes

As Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy has written about contemporary events and issues and refused to be tied down to the traditional Royal milestones. Her drawing is also pleasingly free and original. Here is a fox who knows all the angles, and yet, at…


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Our readers write . . .

‘Quiet on the ranks this time of year, what we London cabbies call the kipper season – I’m prepared!’ Twitter


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Our readers write . . .

‘I recently received my copy of Christabel Bielenberg’s The Past Is Myself and I must say it is even more lovely a thing than I’d anticipated. Reading it, with its fine paper and its perfect size, slows me down in the very best way. Smith Settle have done a magnificent job in its production, and the choice of Bielenberg’s memoir is really inspired as it requires quiet contemplation and a slow pace to take in the import of the years the author so sensitively describes. You have brought a slice of slowness (a very good thing) into my life in the form of this beautiful edition.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you for the latest Edition, I am very pleased that you have included Gerry Durrell’s book in your series. I was cameraman on several of Gerry and Lee’s TV documentary series and got to know them well. They were both great company and fun to work with, and I visited them at the zoo in Jersey several times. I’m enclosing a copy of the flyleaf of one of their books, with the appropriate inscription – the grocer’s apostrophe is a bit of a worry, though! Keep up the good work.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I’m mad about Ysenda Maxtone Graham’s piece in the new issue. Made me laugh out loud. I was a Malory Towers reader and never discovered Angela Brazil. I may have to seek her out for something light to read over Christmas.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Probably the most rewarding £40 I will spend this year.’


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‘We love and look forward to receiving Slightly Foxed. I try to ration it but end up swallowing it in one gulp.’


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‘A memoir written in the late 1920s and recently republished in the beautiful Slightly Foxed Paperback series. The book tells of Bell’s move, at 20 years old, from bohemian Battersea to a small farm in Suffolk. Bell is a favourite of mine, and his nature writing is immediately transporting. It doesn’t hurt, either, that the Slightly Foxed Paperbacks, pocket-sized little chunks of perfection, are the most beautifully made paperbacks I’ve ever had the pleasure to own. They’re made by a traditional small press in Yorkshire to standards that make reading on a device seem like the most depressing possible compromise.’ On Adrian Bell’s Corduroy


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‘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’ 


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‘Packed with anecdotes, reminiscences and essays about books, writers and the trade. If you love books you’ll love Slightly Foxed


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‘Fondling its delightfully crisp, cream pages you can almost feel corduroy patches sprouting from your elbows’


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‘A great present for someone who likes books’

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’


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Slightly Foxed offers a chance to discover about eighty books a year that most of us have never heard of but all of us will wonder about. Strike a blow for good reading everywhere and order a sample issue. It’s all about books, really good books . . . I couldn’t be happier to have found this magazine’


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‘A wonderful publication’

‘. . . at once unpretentious and lively, edifying and fun’


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‘A heartfelt celebration of writing that has stood the test of time’

‘Subscribers are so happy they exist that they occasionally drop in to the kitchen headquarters – sometimes they bring marmalade; at Christmas, they send cash so the staff can all go out for a drink. And once in a while, a contented reader will write to the dog’


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‘Thank you for my trial issue of Slightly Foxed. It lived up to all the recommendations on the flyer and more. I read my copy on a sunny evening in Bournemouth parked on the cliff-tops, looking out to sea towards the Purbeck Hills. Perfect bliss.’


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‘I received a sub for my birthday last year and have just renewed for three years. I can’t tell you how much I love SF. A little companion to take for reading on trains, waiting in queues or in the afternoon as the sun goes down. Reconfirms my view that England has the greatest collection of wonderfully eccentric over-educated people who every quarter demonstrate the benefits of a classical education. Only problem is you sending me broke as when I see mention of a book I haven’t heard of I get on the second hand book sites searching for it. Alas I find them and then buy them . . .’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Like most people, I am incredibly busy, but my heart sings whenever SF arrives – the kettle goes on, my feet go up and I lose myself for a couple of hours. I never know what direction I’m going to be taken but I never cease to be delighted with your publications. I even re-read them!’


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C. S. Forrester Society

C. S. Forester is one of the great writers of the twentieth-century. His novels are distinguished by the famous Hornblower stories, and by ‘African Queen’ which was made into the famous film. The C. S. Forester Society was established in 1998 to celebrate and promote the enjoyment of Forester’s literary works.

www.csforester.wordpress.com


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The John Betjeman Society

The Betjeman Society was established in 1988 to advance the appreciation of the work of the poet, writer, broadcaster and conservationist Sir John Betjeman (1906-84).

www.betjemansociety.com


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‘I would be very grateful if you could send me another copy of the Winter issue of Slightly Foxed, which sadly I lost in an exchange with an Irishman in a Brazilian restaurant in Peking.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘What a treat to find Slightly Foxed waiting for me – just the thing for a few lazy days in the garden. This is truly the most rewarding £40I spend all year – Slightly Foxed never fails to enthrall, entertain and surprise me. Thank you!’


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Our readers write . . .

‘A good London friend who was visiting in New York recently, and I, were commiserating about the current black hole in the world of books, publishing and bookstores. So he felt I was ready for Slightly Foxed which I had never heard about! I feel I am coming out of my mourning. I just wish the English Pound/US Dollar was more friendly and then I would purchase all the back copies. I have already alerted friends in South Africa and family in Australia that you exist – we can’t believe we did not know of your existence.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘All the issues which I have received of Slightly Foxed have made very enjoyable reading. Usually I manage to discipline myself to one or two articles at a time and make the pleasure last over a few weeks. This time I have failed! All read in a few days and VERY VERY enjoyable. Thank goodness the days are drawing in and Autumn approaches! Thank you.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I loved “Winning Through” in Slightly Foxed Issue 13. It brought back memories of sleeping under the dining room table in 1940-42, just in case some German bomber got lost and loaded its bombs over Banstead, which happened all of three times, I recall.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you for a delightful well-produced and inspiring magazine. All copies will be greatly treasured.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘A small note to tell you the immense pleasure I take from your journal; ideal bedtime reading and something to suit every mood. Long may you publish.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘There is a nostalgic – dare one say almost whimsical – quality to Slightly Foxed which is both appealing and quietly stimulating … At times there is also “something of the night” about it but in this case the sort of black night when there is no greater pleasure than pulling the curtains against the cold, driven rain and lighting the fire.’


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‘My return from New Zealand last week was at 11pm but I didn’t get to bed until nearly 3am which was entirely your fault. Among the mail was the first copy of Slightly Foxed, which proved so exciting in my jet-lagged state that I read it cover to cover.


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‘Please continue Slightly Foxed forever, or at least until I shuffle off.’


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‘Its brilliant. A blissful intelligent read.’


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‘Lovely size, lovely feel, lovely print.’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘I recently became a subscriber to Slightly Foxed – it is the most delightful yet informative publication I have stumbled across for years. I fear my library will expand exponentially as a result. I join what I suspect is a long list of grateful readers! Don’t ever stop!’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘Congratulations on continued quality and perseverance.’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘I really enjoy reading Slightly Foxed. Long may you continue.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you everyone involved with Slightly Foxed. I have enjoyed all the issues so far – and so have many of my friends. A copy is always beside the spare bed.’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘Spent the happiest of New Year’s Days reading your latest issue. Thank you.’


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‘It is such a thrill when Slightly Foxed drops through the letterbox. We seem to have done lots of flying over the past year (which I don’t enjoy) andSF is just the job for sitting on a plane!’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you for introducing me to a number of books I should not otherwise have encountered. Living remote from a good bookshop and a big library, as I do, I rely on publications such as yours to lead me to congenial books.’


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‘I am told that, at the age of 8, on receiving my first cricket bat I cried out ‘O boy! O boy! That is my quarterly reaction to opening up Slightly Foxed. It gives me unalloyed pleasure. Thank you so very much.’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘I like everything, even the paper. Also your friendly and personal communications make a pleasant change. Thank you.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I do enjoy your deceptively modest-looking magazine. It introduces new authors, reminds one of old friends, entertains and amuses, all within a conveniently small format with no advertisements. Hurrah for the fox!’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I believe I am a bit of a latecomer to this fabulous prize – I only picked up Issue 4 for the first time back in December, and I can’t help wishing that I’d cottoned on earlier . . . I already had a nasty addiction to book-buying before you came along . . . you’ll be happy to know that you’ve definitely made things worse! I love the magazine and can hardly wait for Issue 5. Keep up the great, great work.’


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‘Hooray for Slightly Foxed! My seasons are defined by the arrival of your wonderful publication. Long may you reign.’


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Our readers write . . .

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Our readers write . . .

‘I love Slightly Foxed, it is like stepping into a bookshop that offers all sorts of intriguing goods – some memories, some forgotten friends, some new. To me SF offers an antidote to all that uniformity of taste and style – it offers individuality, imaginations and intelligence – you never know what you may find in its pages.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘A jug of wine, a loaf of bread
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such are the trifles that make perfection, ” and perfection is no trifle”.’


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‘A colleague at work recommended this magazine – one of the best things that came out of the job!’


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Our readers write . . .

‘It is fully living up to expectations already – and I have only had it a couple of hours!’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Each review unique in its own right and beautifully written – I wanted to read more!’


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Our readers write . . .

‘This sort of magazine in the book world is long overdue – and much needed.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘May it be ever onwards and upwards for Slightly Foxed.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘I wish you every success with your brave venture of catering for people like myself, who after a fruitless trek around the shelves of the large bookstores, emerge wondering if teaching goldfish to step-dance would be a better option.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Thank you for a delightful, well produced and inspiring magazine. All copies will be greatly treasured.’


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Our readers write . . .

‘Here’s to many more excellent editions of SF!’


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‘How splendid Slightly Foxed continues (and will continue) to be.’


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‘Thank you for such a wonderful magazine. Each issue is a pleasure and a highlight of my reading life.’


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‘The articles are just perfect for filling the time on the train to London – not to mention prompting present ideas. Keep up the good work!’


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‘Discovering Slightly Foxed was rather like meeting someone for the first time but feeling that somehow you’ve met before. Some sixty years ago when an art student opting for book illustration as a main subject I loved the handling of well-produced books – that must have been when I met you before!’


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‘My husband and I are now thoroughly addicted to Slightly Foxed and fight (in a subtle and civilized manner) over each issue when it arrives.’


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Slightly Foxed leads to so many absorbing avenues of interest that I am overwhelmed with choices of books, authors and associated warrens to plunge down. A wonderful publication; you are to be congratulated on organizing such inspired, gracious, civilized, diverse and intriguing contributions.’


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‘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 books of the week.’


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Miles Kington

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.’


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Dervla Murphy

‘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.…


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Bernard Cornwell

‘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.’


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Michael Holroyd

‘A handsome magazine full of wonderful surprises and discoveries. I learn something every time I read it.’


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Ronald Blythe

Slightly Foxed is pure happiness. May you go on for decades to come.


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Our readers write . . .

‘Think of it as Reading Rainbow for adults with a high literary standard and strong preference for books that delight rather than depress. The magazine is beautifully made, and it’s one of the few quarterlies we read cover-to-cover the moment it arrives.’


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Tim Mackintosh-Smith

‘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.’


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Alexander McCall Smith

‘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.’


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Posy Simmonds

‘Sometimes deep, sometimes surprising, often eccentric, but always unputdownable.’


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Penelope Lively

‘It’s always a red-letter day when the post includes Slightly Foxed – gorgeous new cover, choice list of contents.’


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James Naughtie

‘Absolutely beautifully produced.’


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Paul Routledge

‘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.’


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Time Out

‘Packed with anecdotes, reminiscences and essays about books, writers and the trade. If you love books you’ll love Slightly Foxed.’