Summer is in full swing here at Slightly Foxed. The June issue of the quarterly has traveled far and wide to subscribers all over the globe and whether you too are off to far-flung places this summer, or simply staying at home, we hope you’ll find it good company.
In this month’s newsletter we’re travelling to southern France with ace reporter Alan Moorehead. Author of such bestselling books as The White Nile and Gallipoli, Moorehead was the perfect figure of the romantic writer and traveller, and a distinguished war correspondent in the Second World War. These vivid and haunting ‘Episodes in a Life’ describe his childhood in Melbourne, his apprenticeship as a journalist when he first arrived in Europe from Australia, and how, covering the war in the desert, he formed a close friendship with another young war correspondent, Alex Clifford, which lasted till Alex’s premature death.
In the following extract we join our man in St Jean de Luz from where, unable to procure a visa to cross the border to facist Spain, he ventures into the Hautes Pyrenees and witnesses an unusually sympathetic exchange between the Gardes Mobiles and a group of Spanish refugees. Please read on for an extract from his memoir, A Late Education, some recent comments from foxed readers and a few other summer reading suggestions from the SF shelves.