A friendship conducted through books | Notes from Slightly Foxed

A friendship conducted through books | Notes from Slightly Foxed

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Greetings from all of us at Slightly Foxed. We hope that you are keeping safe and well. In light of the latest restrictions in the UK, we wanted to reassure you that we are able to safely dispatch books and goods. Please note that all orders will take a little longer to be dispatched than usual, and we are very grateful for your patience and continued support.

Royal Mail are committed to providing as regular a service as possible but there are delays to postal services both in the UK and overseas. Due to these delays we are currently holding all airmail to allow the current backlog of overseas post to be processed. We plan to resume posting internationally on 18 January.

Please do email Jess or telephone the office and leave a message if you have any questions about your order: [email protected] / +44 (0) 20 7033 0258.

We feel we’ve come to know so many of you as friends from your letters, emails and phone calls, and we’ve been receiving many heartening messages from all over the world about the soothing effects of reading Slightly Foxed, which we greatly appreciate. In the spirit of celebrating bookish correspondence, we wanted to draw your attention to one of our well-loved Plain Foxed Editions, 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. The letters between Helene, a feisty, eccentric New York writer, and Frank Doel, a bookseller at Marks & Co. in London, reveal a growing friendship conducted through books. Please scroll down to read an extract.

And rest assured there is much to look forward to in coming months, as the spring quarter will bring the 69th issue of Slightly Foxed with its usual eclectic and wide-ranging recommendations for good reading, SF Edition No. 54: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee and the next in our series of Slightly Foxed Cubs, Rosemary Sutcliff’s Dawn Wind.

Meantime, we’ll leave you with a morsel of the epistolary friendship between Helene Hanff and Frank Doel. Happy reading.

With all good wishes for a brighter New Year
Jennie, Anna, Hattie and Jess

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