Greetings from No. 53 Hoxton Square, where the packing desk, the kitchen table, some of the sofa and much of the floor is awash with brown paper, cream ribbon, handsome stationery, and box upon box of quarterlies and books. It’s been a month of hustling and bustling here at SF HQ, with new computer systems to get to grips with, websites to be titivated, ozalids to be checked, catalogues to be grappled with, and a fantastic Readers’ Day with Helena Drysdale, Posy Simmonds, Henry Jeffreys, Adam Sisman, Nick Clee and Anita Anand in-between. Thank you to those of you who came along – we do hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did, and have since had a happy time delving into this year’s goody-bags with their generous offerings from our friends at The Idler, Delayed Gratification and The Little Bookish Gift Company. And to those of you who couldn’t make it this year, do look out for the release of some audio recordings from the day in due course.
One typically mizzly morning last week, Paul made his quarterly pilgrimage down from Smith Settle in Yorkshire, his van low on its wheels with the weight of the new season’s issue and books. The office foxes rolled up their sleeves, took a few preparatory stretches against a binders’ parcels tower of Carey Novels and, with the prospect of post delivery sausage sandwiches from a favourite local non-greasy spoon Ruby’s firmly in their minds, made their quarterly slog up and down the stairs until the office was quite fit to bursting with good reading.
We’ve sent the Winter issue out to subscribers a few weeks before its official release date of 1 December. So many of you wrote in to tell us how helpful it was to have a little more time to read the new issue, peruse the Readers’ Catalogue for present inspiration and stock up on Christmas cards last year that we thought we’d do the same this year. Subscribers’ copies of Slightly Foxed Issue 56, Winter 2017 have been landing on doorsteps in the UK over the weekend, with overseas readers’ copies now in the air. Readers in the UK who are on an automatic order for the Slightly Foxed Editions should receive their books in the next few days, with overseas readers’ copies to follow in the next few weeks. If you would like to sign up to receive the same hand-numbered copy of each edition every quarter – for yourself, or perhaps as a gift for a fellow booklover throughout the year – please get in touch with Hattie and she’ll be delighted to arrange this for you: [email protected]; 020 7033 0258.
Lastly, a note to those of you who aren’t subscribers to the magazine, but who have ordered single books, back issues or gifts for others in the past. Many of you will be receiving a printed copy of the new season’s catalogue through your letter-box in the coming days, and we do hope you’ll enjoy browsing its pages. If you would prefer not to receive post from us then do just let us know and we’ll update our records, and if you are an email newsletter reader only and would like to receive a printed catalogue then do just reply to this email with your postal address and we’ll send one out to you. Meantime, an online edition of the catalogue can be found on the website here: The Winter Readers’ Catalogue.
And now, as there are subscriptions to arrange, presents to be wrapped, renewals to attend to and office puppies to be walked, we’ll leave you in peace to read an extract from the new Slightly Foxed Edition: No. 40, When I Was a Little Boy, a charming and poignant memoir by the author of the well-loved children’s classic Emil & The Detectives, Erich Kästner.
We much look forward to hearing what you all make of the new issue. Meantime, best wishes for the new quarter from the SF office staff
Jennie, Anna, Olivia, Hattie & Katy