Early copies of the Summer issue of Slightly Foxed have arrived in Hoxton Square, ready to be sent out to subscribers and bookshops all around the world in time for its release on 1 June. We don’t want to spoil the joy of discovering the new cover when it arrives on doormats next month, but we thought a sneak peak of it here, disguised by daisies, might make a pleasing appetizer to whet your bookish taste buds.
Of course the real joy of Slightly Foxed lies in the words and illustrations printed on its good cream paper, and within the covers of the Summer issue we’ll be joined by a typically brilliant host of contributors, writing on an eclectic and unusual range of books. We’ve more treats in store too, in the form of our 38th Slightly Foxed Edition, The Cherry Tree, which follows on from Corduroy and Silver Ley to complete Adrian Bell’s Rural Trilogy, and the ever popular Slightly Foxed notebooks, now available in four new shades. Further down the page you’ll find details of our forthcoming publications, a selection of favourite missives from readers, a rather special auction of rare Slightly Foxed Editions in aid of our travelling bookworm, and a call from some foxed friends who’re hunting for someone to join them for a quiet life on a rural estate in the land of flowery braes.
Meantime, we thought we’d celebrate the craft of a Slightly Foxed contributor who’s currently enjoying some well-deserved time in the literary spotlight. Sarah Perry first wrote for us on Foxe’s Book of Martyrs back in issue 47, some time before the release of her highly acclaimed second novel, The Essex Serpent, published by a fellow independent (albeit rather more starry) publisher, Serpent’s Tail.
While Sarah’s up in the dizzying heights of awards and glowing reviews of the present, please read on to meet her back at Home Place with a great – and somewhat underappreciated in her own time – writer of latter-days, Elizabeth Jane Howard.