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Issue 41 (Spring 2014)

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Slightly Foxed Issue 41


The Quarterly ● 96pp ● 148 x 210mm ● Illustrated

ISBN 978-1-906562-62-5 ● 1 March 2014

UK: £10; Europe: £12; USA & Rest of World: £13 inc p&p


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Richard Mabey finds a cellmate • Anne Boston falls for Carrington • Anthony Gardner salutes a remarkable soldier • Jane Ridley curtseys to a queen • David Gilmour visits a francophile’s England • Daisy Hay meets a Mitford • Patrick Welland raises a glass to Flann O’Brien • Galen O’Hanlon paddles with ducks . . .

Slightly Foxed

Slightly Foxed, the companionable, independent-minded quarterly, is ten years old this year. It’s the book review with a difference that everyone’s talking about. During the past decade we’ve acquired enthusiastic readers all over the globe, and we’re delighted to say that we still have a good number who’ve been with us since our very first issue. Once people start taking Slightly Foxed they tend to become addicted. As one of them wrote to us recently, ‘I’m like a mouse in a cheese-shop – everything is so delicious I can’t believe the heaven I’m in!’

Perhaps this is because Slightly Foxed is unashamedly about enjoyment – 96 entertainingly written and elegantly illustrated pages of personal recommendations for books that have influenced, touched or perhaps simply amused the people who write about them – the kind of books people keep beside their beds or take down from their shelves from time to time, just for the pleasure of re-reading them. It’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine, introducing its readers to forgotten books and giving them refreshing new angles on old favourites.

We don’t believe there is such a person as a typical Slightly Foxed reader, but we do know that they all enjoy humour, originality and thoughtful writing and take pleasure in the way things look. They appreciate the care that goes into producing Slightly Foxed, and into our Slightly Foxed Editions, a series of classic memoirs which we’ve reissued as elegant little limited-edition pocket hardbacks. They like the fact that, though we’ve grown, we’re still a small and friendly outfit, and that if they phone us they know they’ll be answered by a person and not a machine.

In an uncertain world where most things are disposable, Slightly Foxed stands for the things that last – good books, good humour, good company. So why not give it a try? We hope you’ll be able to say with the novelist James Hamilton-Paterson, ‘It’s the only cheque in the year that I’m actually happy to write.’


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