It’s all quiet on the foxing front in the office this month as we await the arrival of the new quarter. Tracey and Don from our Yorkshire printers have twice been to visit with a wagonload of autumn publications and the office at No. 53 is fit to bursting again, with box upon box of freshly minted books ready for release in September – even this morning’s friendly delivery man remarked that it looked just like his warehouse!
But despite the many boxes (and a few anxious mutterings about load-bearing and the least dangerous way to reach the kettle) there’s a summer calm in the air and the office foxes are enjoying a gentle month of catching up with odd jobs, clearing out the heaving filing system, taking turns to enjoy lunch in the square and quietly preparing for the autumn dispatch. So if you’ve been thinking about getting in touch to renew your subscription or order some books, now’s a very good time to do so.
In the absence of much other news this month – and admittedly in the hope of emptying a box or two – we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind readers of our Slightly Foxed Paperbacks series. These ‘pocket-sized chunks of perfection’ (so described by Erik Heywood of the extremely stylish Book/Shop in California) make ideal travelling companions. You’ll find a full list below, including a brand new addition, the affecting and hilarious Hand-grenade Practice in Peking by Frances Wood and, with our summer special offer of three paperbacks for a slightly reduced rate, we hope you’ll be tempted to stock up.
Finally, here are two new dates for your diaries: an autumn launch party in our London bookshop on 3 September, followed by a trip to Heffers in Cambridge on 17 September. And of course there’s our annual Readers’ Day in Bloomsbury on 7 November, for which there are only a few tickets left. Please read on for more details. Meantime we wish you all a happy rest of summer and look forward to rekindling our friendship in the autumn.