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‘A lovely Christmas gift for a bookish person . . . ’

‘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 . . .

Slightly Foxed is a quarterly magazine (whereas The Good Book Guide publishes ten issues a year), and its elegant essays celebrate individual books and writers and the joy of reading itself. To mention a few from the current volume (no. 40, Winter 2013), there’s Melissa Harrison (author of Clay, which is soon to be out in paperback) on Ronald Blythe, Hazel Wood, one of Slightly Foxed‘s founders and editors, on Gwen Raverat and her marvellous memoir Period Piece, and Linda Leatherbarrow on Tove Jansson and her tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. On through Ursula Buchan on Margery Allingham’s account of an English village at war, Ysenda Maxtone Graham on reading aloud – or being read to, and Maggie Fergusson on Tom’s Midnight Garden, there is so much to enjoy. Slightly Foxed also hosts events at which you can meet the magazine’s staff and contributors, and talk books to your heart’s content; I reported on their most recent readers’ day here.

I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for these two; no-one has asked me to write about them, I do so simply because this site exists to help spread the word about good things, and these publications are just that . . .’

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