Slightly Foxed January News: The Slightly Foxed New Year Clean

January News: The Slightly Foxed New Year Clean

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Greetings from Hoxton Square where we’ve hopped off our library steps, downed our dusters and put the kettle on for a short breather during our vigorous New Year clean. This pause in proceedings seemed a good moment to send a gentle reminder that our offer of a complimentary pack of postcards with all orders over £40 and our various bundles to (hopefully) tempt you to add to those bulging bookshelves and teetering to be read piles will end on 31 January. You’ll find links to those, and a special offer on a Jane Eyre themed book crate from our friends at the literary gift company Bookishly, further down the page.

We were very sorry to hear news of the editor, writer and publisher Diana Athill OBE’s death last week, at the extremely grand age of 101. Diana was a source of great inspiration to all of us here at SF and her wonderful memoir Stet is practically required reading for new staff. If you haven’t yet done so, you can listen to Hazel talking about Diana and the art of editing in the latest episode of the Slightly Foxed Podcast, available here: Episode Three: Stet.

Some readers may also remember Diana’s typically clear-eyed and thoughtful piece on W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz from SF Issue 28 which subscribers can read on our website here (you will need to log in). She also gamely drew a fox for our little book of Slightly Famous People’s Foxes which was published several years ago in aid of The Great Ormond Street Hospital School.

Slightly Famous People's Foxes - Diana Athill
Writer and publisher Diana Athill – still busy at the age of 97 – gives us an action picture, a moment captured as the fox is poised to attack. It could be a scene from Chaucer’s Nonnes Preestes Tale with Chauntecleer, deceived by the fox’s flattery, about to stand on his toes, flap his wings, close his eyes and crow.

In other sad news, one of the foxes has flown the den this week but thankfully in not so final a manner. After five years at Foxed HQ, Olivia has swapped the cosy confines of Hoxton Square for the dizzy heights of the Barbican tower. She’ll be greatly missed but we’re thrilled for her, and are looking forward to a reunion at the Barbican Martini Bar in due course. We’ll soon be welcoming a new person into the fold but please forgive us if we’re a little slower than usual in replying to your emails while we’re a fox down. 

With best wishes to you all, as ever, from the SF staff
Jennie, Anna, Hattie & Helen 

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