Slightly Foxed Editors Gail and Hazel talk to Miranda Mills on the Tea & Tattle podcast ‘This week, I’m joined by Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood, the founders and editors of the literary journal and publishing company, Slightly Foxed. I’m…
‘This week’s episode of the Stack podcast comes with a warning: If you feel like you have too much stuff to read, do not buy a copy of Slightly Foxed magazine. The literary title launched 15 years ago as an antidote…
‘Sword of Bone charmed me utterly. If I apply the tried-and-tested dinner party criteria of ‘Would I invite the author?’ the answer is a resounding yes. Anthony Rhodes’s tone is laconic, cultured, ironic and witty. A reader could dip at random into the book and come up with a bon mot or two . . .’
Once in a while, a special book reaches out through the wisps of time and demands to be read. John Moore’s Portrait of Elmbury was written in 1945 and recalls his corner of England during the first world war. It documents a country that was changing by the minute, a country that would never be the same again, for better or for worse . . .
‘I come to you today to sing the praises of something which restores the colour to the cheeks of the word “bookish”, namely the magazine called Slightly Foxed. Have you come across this? You have to keep your eyes open as it is a quarterly – the issues are Spring, Summer, etc – and is entirely dedicated to pieces by writers about other writers they have loved, or feel are neglected, or whom we may take for granted . . .
‘If you’ve read 84, Charing Cross Road, you’ll appreciate that Helene Hanff’s trip to London, the city of her literary dreams is the realization of a life-long ambition . . .
The happiest days of your life? This week in the Spectator Books Podcast, Sam Leith talks to our author Ysenda Maxtone Graham, ‘whose Terms and Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding Schools, 1939-1979, is a shrewd history of the fluctuating jollity…
‘In this episode, I’m interviewing the writer Ysenda Maxtone Graham on her recently published book, Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding Schools, 1939-1979. I read this book after being invited to Ysenda’s book launch at Daunt Books, and once…
‘Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly has been around for 13 years and its articles do not have a definite angle. The purpose of the literary magazine is to provide readers with engaging introductions to pieces of literature. Many of…
Not surprisingly, the highest selling novel was Robert Harris’s Conclave, but the splendid dark horse has been Ysenda Maxtone Graham’s Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding-Schools, 1939-1979, published by Slightly Foxed . . .
‘Lashings of jolly japes, inedible food, schoolgirl crushes . . . but no education! A captivating book reveals what really used to happen at girls’ boarding schools. Author Ysenda Maxtone Graham tells us about her bestselling book: Terms & Conditions: Life…
This is the London Review of Books for fireside book worms – unadulterated bookish pleasure on every page and almost certain joy for those of us who love the gems to be found in the hallowed spaces of independent bookshops old and new and cosy libraries.
This vivid study of life at girls’ boarding schools between 1939 and 1979 is both hilarious and poignant, finds Maggie Fergusson. Women who have been to boarding schools,’ writes Ysenda Maxtone Graham, ‘live with flashbacks both joyous and nightmarish.’ reading…
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Ysenda Maxtone Graham recalls the appalling food, cold dorms and stern matrons of her all-girls boarding school in the 1970s – and says it did her the world of good . . .
Brensham Village, the latest volume from the Slightly Foxed Editions series that I love so dearly, is a sort of sequel to Portrait of Elmbury, also published by Slightly Foxed – indeed, it is apparently the middle of a trilogy.…
‘Every December, I attend an Old Girls reunion and Christmas carol service for my old school. It’s a fun event and I always meet the most interesting women.
There’s the Olympian with stories about her time in Brazil this summer, the children’s book author who I adored growing up, the researchers doing amazing work in their labs, and the retirees who now travel the world after lives spent in law, medicine or academia. It’s a circle I take for granted much of the time but always appreciate reconnecting with around the holidays. It is also a chance to cuddle babies of younger alum while eating cookies with the school logo on them – a win-win, really . . .’
We are delighted to hear that Hisham Matar, winner of the 2016 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize for The Return has been longlisted for this year’s Orwell Prize for Books. ‘The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political…
Emily’s Walking Book Club chose My Grandmothers and I for their July read. It strikes me as a surprisingly common, though little remarked upon, fact that one’s grandparents form two very different pairs. I suppose this seems especially pronounced if…
‘What makes Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly so great? As I perused the latest issue, I realized that in many ways it’s exactly what I wish my blog to be, and what I appreciate about other blogs. Each issue contains around a dozen and a half essays in which readers of many stripes celebrate books that have moved, enlightened, impressed, or astonished them. The selection of titles is wonderfully eclectic, blithely leaping over barriers of genre, subject matter, language, geography, target age, and publication date . . .
The first week of September contains a red-letter day in my literary world, as does the beginning of December, March, and June. Four times a year the new edition of Slightly Foxed drops through the letter box and the rest of that particular day is given over to delving in and out of its 96 luxurious cream pages and making a list of out-of-print books that I never before knew existed but which I now MUST READ.
Issue number 47, Autumn 2015, which arrived last week is no exception . . .
We were already delighted when the McLean & Eakin bookshop in Petoskey, Michigan started stocking Slightly Foxed and now, with this glowing recommendation from bookseller Julie, we’re even happier!
‘S.F. is published in the U.K. It is of the perfect size for reading in a cramped fisherman’s tent, train or a comfortably squashy bed. The lay-out is stylish and the small magazine has a lovely tactile quality. The illustrations are wonderfully clever . .
‘A completely enchanting bookshop, Slightly Foxed (previously The Gloucester Road Bookshop, owned by Graham Greene’s nephew) is an independent bookshop gem. Little square windows, breezy awning and a tiny and unintrusive bell over the door that alerts you to your…
‘Slightly Foxed is an intelligent, always enjoyable quarterly magazine featuring essays on all things book-related. Ensure your loved one has a year of good reading ahead of them by buying a subscription in their name.’
‘With their small size and brightly colored cloth covers, Slightly Foxed Editions resemble jewels in book form, a literary treasure chest…
‘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
‘Over the last few weeks I’ve been rediscovering an almost forgotten aspect of childhood in the company of two very exciting young men: Phillip D’Aubigny, Knight Crusader and soldier in the company of Richard Coeur de Lion, and Harry Carey,…
‘. . . a quarterly full of delights and articles about books new and old, published and out of print, beautifully illustrated and written by excellent authors . . .‘
London tube-goers should keep their eyes open for copies of Slightly Foxed riding the underground tomorrow. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Hollie and her team of bookish elves at Books on the Underground to give away 200 copies of the…
Hooray, hurrah, for here’s the fox being recommended in the Telegraph Christmas Books 2014 round-up.
We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2014 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize. The Prize dinner was held in the splendour of the National Liberal Club on Friday night, and we can now reveal the very worthy winner is Claudia Renton for Those Wild Wyndhams (WilliamCollins).
‘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
‘1584, Santander. Twenty-year-old Harry Carey, younger son of the autocratic Earl of Aubigny, is serving on board his father’s merchant ship. The Spanish are making excuses to keep the Dragon from sailing, but why? If the ship is impounded, the…
‘1346, the Welsh marches. Young Hugh Fletcher lives with a band of outlaws. After a run in with the tyrannical Sir Henry Mortimer of nearby Goodrich Castle, Hugh realizes that the outlaws are now marked men. If they are to…
‘A joy in itself – and it also publishes attractive, limited-edition, cloth-bound pocket hardbacks that will appeal to traditionalists’
‘Absolutely beautifully produced.’
‘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’
‘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’
‘. . . at once unpretentious and lively, edifying and fun’
‘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’
Our ‘quietly handsome’ cloth-bound editions have been thrust into the limelight on the Independent book design blog . . .
. . . little old Slightly Foxed on Gloucester Road! We’re very pleased to be featured in View London’s guide of where to go for ‘the best gifts for her’ this Christmas, and in such splendid company too.
‘A quarterly journal we love for its great writing, fine leather chair feel (it’s not called the real reader’s quarterly for nothing) and tendency to open our eyes to books we’d missed . . .
‘After walking down Gloucester Road, I can’t imagine a sight more welcome than the dusty blue of the Slightly Foxed awning. If Gloucester Road is a cultural desert (and it is), then the Slightly Foxed Bookshop is an oasis . . .
‘I believe in bookshop bookselling, directly sharing enthusiasms with the customers, and would be sad if that ever came to an end in this country . . . ’
Slightly Foxed looking very stylish in a beautiful bookcase made by Erik Heywood of BOOK/SHOP on design website, Dwell.
We’re delighted that Harold Carlton’s memoir Marrying Out is going down so well with readers and the press. Here’s Amanda Craig being ‘captivated by an uproarious memoir’ in The Jewish Chronicle. ‘“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” said Tolstoy, famously. Unhappy Jewish families are another matter . . .
‘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.’
‘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.’
This stylish, pocket-sized hardback, cloth-bound in emerald green with a silk ribbon marker, will delight book lovers . . .
‘Slightly Foxed is a London-based quarterly magazine (and reprint publisher) that features reading recommendations of mostly out-of-print-books or neglected classics . . .
In the current issue of Slightly Foxed, the curator Mark Haworth-Booth describes how, back in the 60s, he helped Jim Ede ensure the future of Kettle’s Yard . . . Click to read on.
‘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 . . .’
‘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.”’
‘I recently wrote about this little quarterly which I’ve become a dedicated subscriber to since around this time last year, and so far each issue continues to delight.
‘A handsome magazine full of wonderful surprises and discoveries. I learn something every time I read it.’
‘Almost a decade ago, when one of the last family publishing firms was taken over by the international conglomerate Hachette, two of its editors decided they’d like to try something smaller. The publisher was John Murray, established in 1768 and…
‘As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m very fond of this little book review, which drops through the door four times a year . . .’
‘The new issue of Slightly Foxed arrived this morning and as usual the day threatened to grind to a halt . . .
‘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 Hoxton Square 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.’
‘In a year where we almost certainly going to be inundated with books about World War One, it seems a little perverse to be publishing a reprinted memoir about World War Two, but Slightly Foxed (as always) know what they’re doing . . .
‘To celebrate its 10th anniversary – and to raise money for The Great Ormond Street Hospital School – the readers’ quarterly Slightly Foxed asked celebrated writers including Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy and Kazuo Ishiguro, to draw a fox. Here are some of the wily creatures they came up with . . .’
I had a nice bumper crop of books for Christmas. I’ll review them in good time, but right now I want to wax lyrical about some absolutely gorgeous books that arrived in my stocking and under the tree . . .
‘If you’ve ever wandered down London’s Gloucester Road (and which literary bluffer hasn’t?) you might have spotted an unassuming bookshop called Slightly Foxed . . .
’It is entirely appropriate, as a book fox, that I am also something of a fanboy for Slightly Foxed Editions. Every now and then I read their literary quarterly with wonderful esoteric and interesting articles, but it is their books which have my heart . . .
‘Any bookshop-boosting push needs good examples beyond the obvious chains. Slightly Foxed – first a bibliophiliac quarterly and small boutique publisher, and since 2009 also the genial entity behind the eponymous independent store in South Kensington – is one such.…
‘May I commend to you, again, those excellent literary publications Slightly Foxed and The Good Book Guide, and suggest that a subscription to either one or both would make a lovely Christmas gift for a bookish person . . .
‘So many new authors and books vie for media attention that I almost feel guilty admitting that I usually prefer to read books written several decades ago. Luckily, many imprints and publishers specialise in reissues. My favourites are two small…
A gift subscription to Slightly Foxed is (according to the Daily Telegraph’s ultimate gift guide) one of the top ten gifts ‘for him’! We think a subscription to SF makes a great gift for any book lover really but we’re very pleased…
‘It’s always a red-letter day when the post includes Slightly Foxed – gorgeous new cover, choice list of contents.’
‘The arrival of a new issue of Slightly Foxedmakes 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.’
In this exclusive extract from Slightly Foxed on the Dabbler Blog, Andrew Hall examines the unusual literary career of J.L. Carr, a ‘back-bedroom publisher of large maps and small books who, in old age, unexpectedly wrote six novels’ . .…
‘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.’
‘Packed with anecdotes, reminiscences and essays about books, writers and the trade. If you love books you’ll love Slightly Foxed.’