This Winter’s issue of Slightly Foxed is a very special one for us. It marks the beginning of our anniversary year – ten years since we came up with the idea for Slightly Foxed and tentatively put together our first issue. They’re years in which we’ve got to know some of the most likeable and entertaining people – both subscribers and contributors – enjoyed some of the best laughs, been introduced to some of the best books, and had some of the most varied (and sometimes eccentric) experiences. During those years children have married and grandchildren have been born, Slightly Foxed has grown, and we’ve been joined by some exceptionally nice, clever and hardworking young members of staff. We can only say thank you to the Fox and to all of you who’ve supported us for giving us some of the happiest years of our working lives.
As Christmas approaches it’s all go in the office here with gift orders and subscriptions, and Jennie, Anna, Faith, Aimi (who comes in from the shop once a week to do the accounts), Chudleigh and the rest of us are dodging round a positive fortress of heavy brown paper parcels in the middle of the floor. These contain the first three Slightly Foxed Cubs – Knight Crusader, The Galleon and For the King – and Gwen Raverat’s Period Piece, the latest of the Slightly Foxed Editions. This enchanting account of growing up in Victorian Cambridge at the heart of the large and idiosyncratic Darwin clan must be one of the best-loved books in the English language, and it’s hard to think of anyone with an interest in people and a sense of humour who wouldn’t enjoy it.
Read on for an extract from Period Piece and some last-minute Christmas ideas. Jennie, Anna and Faith will be beavering away in the office until the afternoon of Friday 20 December, so do order now and they’ll make sure your items go out straightaway.
With our very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a more optimistic New Year
Gail & Hazel
and Alarys, Anna, Faith, Jennie, Steph and Chudleigh, the office dog