‘It feels like I have stumbled into an oasis of a half forgotten civilization. Long may you prosper.’ J. Stuart-Smith, Gwynedd

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  • Publication date: Dec 2018
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  • Cover artist: Chris Wormell, ‘The Fox’, wood engraving
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Slightly Foxed Issue 60 (1 Dec 2018)

A Dickens of a Riot
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In this issue: Daisy Hay runs riot with Dickens • Alan Bradley stands up for purple prose • Hazel Wood meets an uncommon reader • Frances Donnelly finds a gap in the alphabet • Justin Marozzi is charmed by a modest mountaineer • Anne Boston gets the shivers in Cold War Siberia • Nigel Andrew wonders what happened to Elizabeth Jenkins • Sue Gaisford is seduced by a wicked Earl • Laurence Scott gets out his guitar • Sue Gee meets the man who drew Pooh • Richard Platt is gripped by the story of a lost will •  Victoria Neumark goes in search of unicorns • Alastair Glegg says a belated thank you, and much more besides . . .


A Dickens of a Riot • DAISY HAY

Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge

Between the Lines • SUE GEE

E. H. Shepard, Drawn from Memory & Drawn from Life

From Bloomsbury . . . • ALAN BRADLEY

Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader

. . . to Buckingham Palace • HAZEL WOOD

Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

Rock, Root and Bird • JUSTIN MAROZZI

Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

Keeping Ahead of the Game • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

Anon., Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Russian Roulette • ANNE BOSTON

Lionel Davidson, Kolymsky Heights

Incorrigible and Irresistible • SUE GAISFORD

The letters of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

A Modern Pied Piper • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

An interview with Michael Morpurgo

Histories of the Soul • CHRISTIAN TYLER

The works of Svetlana Alexievich

Whatever Happened to Elizabeth Jenkins? • NIGEL ANDREW

The novels of Elizabeth Jenkins

In Search of Unicorns • VICTORIA NEUMARK

Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse & Linnets and Valerians

Grave Expectations • RICHARD PLATT

Charles Palliser, The Quincunx

Kinsey Makes a Difference • FRANCES DONNELLY

Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Alphabet novels

The Next Bob Dylan • Laurence Scott

Bert Weedon, Play in a Day

Unsung Heroes • ALASTAIR GLEGG

Learning to read at prep school

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Slightly Foxed Issue 59 (1 Sept 2018)

Manhattan Moments
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Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review.

In this issue: Margaret Drabble travels with Trollope • Kristian Doyle eavesdrops in Manhattan • Sue Gaisford is gripped by the Asquiths’ wartime letters • Ken Haigh takes to the open road with Mr Polly • Kate Tyte goes Gothic • Michael Leapman meets an unexpectedly good-tempered gardener • Hazel Wood enters the Tiger’s cage • Richard Crockatt leaves the Magic Mountain • Helena Drysdale goes back to nature • Martin Sorrell witnesses a plague in Oran • Michael Barber smells murder in Moscow, and much more besides.


Manhattan Moments • KRISTIAN DOYLE

Maeve Brennan, The Long-winded Lady

Tiger the Literary Lion • HAZEL WOOD

Jennie Erdal, Ghosting

A Peak Experience • RICHARD CROCKATT

Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Growing up on Edwardian • ANTHONY GARDNER

Osbert Lancaster, All Done from Memory & With an Eye to the Future

Forest School • HELENA DRYSDALE

BB, Brendon Chase

Trollope’s Ireland • MARGARET DRABBLE

The Irish novels of Anthony Trollope

Mr Polly Walks to Freedom • KEN HAIGH

H. G. Wells, The History of Mr Polly

Cogs in a Fighting Machine • HENRY JEFFREYS

Len Deighton, Bomber

Grinning at the Devil • KATE TYTE

Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

Father Figures • MARTIN SORRELL

Albert Camus, The Plague

In a Class of Their Own • PATRICK WELLAND

Graham Greene (ed.), The Old School

Front Lines • SUE GAISFORD

H. H. Asquith, Letters to Venetia Stanley & Raymond Asquith, Life and Letters

Moscow Under Terror • MICHAEL BARBER

A 1937 guidebook to Moscow

Trips to the Past • SOPHIE BREESE

Daphne du Maurier, The House on the Strand

A Well-tempered Gardener • MICHAEL LEAPMAN

The garden writings of Christopher Lloyd

The Missing Librarian • C. J. WRIGHT

Escaping the British Museum’s Department of Printed Books


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Cover Artist: Issue 59, Luna North, Beechnuts

Luna North trained at the Falmouth School of Art. She now lives in Devon where she specializes in printmaking. The images in her linocuts of native flora and fauna are inspired by the wild landscape...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 58 (1 June 2018)

A Snatch of Morning
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In this issue: Helen MacEwan is touched by the life of William Cowper • Christopher Rush finds much to be gained from Paradise Lost Maggie Fergusson talks travel with Colin Thubron • Andy Merrills has a brush with some beards • Ann Kennedy Smith meets E. M. Forster’s great-aunt • Ariane Bankes explores Trieste with Jan Morris • Robin Blake recommends some spiritual reading • Sarah Perry gets to the roots of Englishness • Patrick Welland witnesses power struggles in Ancient Rome • Julie Welch joins the Pony Club and much more besides . . .


A Snatch of Morning • HELEN MACEWAN

David Cecil, The Stricken Deer

Sprouts and Parsnip Wine • SARAH PERRY

John Moore, The Blue Field

The Price of Power • PATRICK WELLAND

John Williams, Augustus

Travelling Fearlessly • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

The travel writing of Colin Thubron

An Epic Achievement • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

John Milton, Paradise Lost

Pony-mad • JULIE WELCH

Ruby Ferguson’s ‘Jill’ books

Hands across the Tea-shop Table • SUE GEE

Elizabeth Taylor, A Game of Hide and Seek

Marcel • ANTHONY WELLS

Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

Streams of Consciousness • RICHARD PLATT

Henry Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Prayers before Plenty • ANN KENNEDY SMITH

E. M. Forster, Marianne Thornton, 1707–1887

Spiritual Reading • ROBIN BLAKE

H. F. M. Prescott, The Man on a Donkey

Holding a Mirror • JOHN CONYNGHAM

William Plomer, Turbott Wolfe

Man on the Run • DEREK COLLETT

John Mair, Never Come Back

Melancholy but Marvellous • ARIANE BANKES

Jan Morris, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere

Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow • ANDY MERRILLS

Reginald Reynolds, Beards: An Omnium Gatherum


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‘In the pages of Slightly Foxed I have found my people . . .’

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Slightly Foxed Issue 57

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Slightly Foxed offers a chance to discover about eighty books a year that most of us have never heard of but all of us will wonder about. Strike a blow for good reading everywhere and order a sample issue. It’s all about books, really good books . . . I couldn’t be happier to have found this magazine’ Bookslut


Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review.

In this issue: Jane Ridley meets the Queen • Derek Parker socializes with Eddie Marsh • Amanda Theunissen joins the quest for Kim • Richard Holloway finds redemption in art • Penelope Lively hears voices from the past • Anthony Wells continues his search for lost time • Laura Freeman discovers the tragedy behind the work of A. A. Milne • Michael Leapman sticks up (and sits down) for George Bernard Shaw • Ariane Bankes snaps up something wholesale, and much more besides . . .


Contents

A Crowning Achievement • JANE RIDLEY

Ben Pimlott, The Queen: Elizabeth II and the Monarchy

Misadventures in the Rag Trade • ARIANE BANKES

Eric Newby, Something Wholesale

Dying for a Dream • ROMESH GUNESEKERA

José Rizal, Noli Me Tangere

Let’s Bofe • LAURA FREEMAN

A.A. Milne, It’s Too Late Now

Out of the Celtic Twilight • ANTHONY GARDNER

Lord Dunsany, The Curse of the Wise Woman

Wit and Truth • ROGER HUDSON

The letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Small Player in the Great Game • AMANDA THEUNISSEN

Rudyard Kipling, Kim & Peter Hopkirk, Quest for Kim

A Queer Parish • ANTHONY LONGDEN

Ruth Adam, A House in the Country

Making Manifest • RICHARD HOLLOWAY

André Schwarz-Bart, The Last of the Just

Dere Diary . . . • PETER PARKER

A Victorian Schoolboy in London: The Diary of Ernest Baker

A Tasmanian Tragedy • PENELOPE LIVELY

Matthew Kneale, English Passengers

High Society, Low Life • ANTHONY WELLS

Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

Journey to the Interior • KEN HAIGH

Matsuo Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Man Who Enjoyed Everything • DEREK PARKER

Edward Marsh, A Number of People

A Boy in a Tattered Coat • ANN WROE

Henry Williamson, The Star-Born

GBS and Me • MICHAEL LEAPMAN

Watching the plays of George Bernard Shaw


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Slightly Foxed Issue 56

‘Making the Best of It’
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In this issue: Anthony Wells goes in search of Proust • Ysenda Maxtone Graham mourns the passing of a great Children’s Encyclopedia • Brandon Robshaw introduces the real George Orwell • Morag MacInnes has a laugh with Frank Reynolds • Daisy Hay admits to being a Chalet girl • Michael Holroyd wonders why he became a biographer • Sue Gee meets the author of Emil and the Detectives • William Palmer gets to know Mr Lear • Matt Huber takes off with Gavin Lyall . . .


Contents

Making the Best of It • WILLIAM PALMER

Vivien Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer

48 Königsbrücker Strasse • SUE GEE

Erich Kästner, When I Was a Little Boy

Introducing M. Swann • ANTHONY WELLS

Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

Secrets of the Hive • NICHOLAS ASPREY

Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

Aerobatics • MATT HUBER

The aviation thrillers of Gavin Lyall

A Writer in Hiding • KATE JONES

The novels of A. L. Barker

Sixty Years On • MICHAEL BARBER

The Dragon Book of Verse

No Coward Soul • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Packing a Punch • MORAG MACINNES

The cartoons of Frank Reynolds

An Extraordinary Ordinary Bloke • BRANDON ROBSHAW

The essays of George Orwell

Well-Salted • YSENDA MAXTONE GRAHAM

The Oxford Junior Encyclopedia

A Different Kind of Wealth • CHRIS SAUNDERS

Robert Francis, Travelling in Amherst

Brief Encounters • HORACE ANNESLEY

Spencer Somers, Tea at Florian’s

Chalet Girls • DAISY HAY

Elinor M. Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School books

Harvey Learns the Ropes • ANDREW JOYNES

Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous

Lives and Letters • MICHAEL HOLROYD

On becoming a biographer


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‘‘One of the very best moments of each new season: when the new Slightly Foxed arrives.’’ Melissa Harrison

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‘I was thrilled to read Country Boy as I have been researching my family in Hardwick-cum-Weedon for about forty years – and had no idea that the book existed! I enjoyed the book hugely . . .’

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Slightly Foxed Issue 55

‘Billiards, Tobacco and Wine’
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In this issue

Anthony Longden enjoys the work of an irreverent Reverend • Ursula Buchan joins Richard Hillary at Fighter Command • Kate Tyte encounters a troublesome priest • David Gilmour follows Kipling to Simla • Jane Feaver remembers life at Faber & Faber • William Palmer examines Zeno’s conscience • Helena Drysdale goes upstream with The Little Grey MenPatrick Welland meets an aristocratic cross-dresser • Sue Gee learns the language of exile . . .


Contents & Bibliography

Billiards, Tobacco and Wine • ANTHONY LONGDEN

Cuthbert Bede, The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green

A Confrontation with Evil • URSULA BUCHAN

Richard Hillary, The Last Enemy

Seeing Differently • ADAM FOULDS

The Collected Poems of Geoffrey Hill

In Search of Home • SUE GEE

Eva Hoffman, Lost in Translation

Beside the Folly Brook • HELENA DRYSDALE

BB, The Little Grey Men & Down the Bright Stream

Labourers in Fetters • ROGER JONES

George Gissing, New Grub Street

Scandalous Tales from the Hills • DAVID GILMOUR

The Indian stories and poems of Rudyard Kipling

Her Own Mistress • VICTORIA NEUMARK

Margaret Irwin’s Tudor novels

Ridiculously Rich • PATRICK WELLAND

Felix Youssoupoff, Lost Splendour

Trouble at the Convent • KATE TYTE

Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun

Not So Cosy After All? • ANDY MERRILLS

Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels

Life on the Fringe • JEREMY LEWIS

George Moore, Esther Waters

May Roses in Winter • WILLIAM PALMER

Italo Svevo, Zeno’s Conscience

The Big-hearted Little Duke • LINDA KELLY

Charlotte M. Yonge, The Little Duke

Getting to Know the Colonel • PAUL CHEESERIGHT

André Maurois, The Silence of Colonel Bramble

Through the Looking Glass • JANE FEAVER

Life at Faber and Faber


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‘A wonderful publication, at once unpretentious and lively, edifying and fun. It manages to be not only a superb guide to many excellent books but also to offer writing of its own that is remarkably entertaining.’ The Author

‘I love Slightly Foxed. It’s a real hit with visitors, and it usually ends up in the loo.’ Damian Barr

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Through the Looking Glass

By the end of the 1980s, in my mid-twenties, I’d been through university, a stint of unemployment, a couple of tread-water jobs, and come to a halt, a despondent Is this it? Not knowing what I...

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Cover Artist: Issue 55, Jemma Lewis, Hand-marbled paper, ‘Bloomsbury Blue & Orange Botanical’

After graduating in Textile Art in Norwich Jemma Lewis worked for several years at a local bookbinding firm where she became fascinated with the marbled papers found on the binding of antiquarian...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 54

‘An Unlikely Duo’
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In this issue

Ysenda Maxtone Graham joins an unlikely couple on the road to Kashgar • Constantine Fraser discovers Old Salonika in a cookbook • Maggie Fergusson discusses writing and serendipity with Ali Smith • Ken Haigh snatches a quiet moment on the river bank • Frost in May gives Melissa Harrison the shivers • Colin Williams digs in on Watership Down • Cecily Blench uncovers her grandmother’s Indian past • Nigel Jarrett scratches his head over The Elements of StyleElisabeth Russell Taylor is invigorated by The Wild Irish GirlAndrew Nixon spends a summer in Tilling . . .


Contents & Bibliography

An Unlikely Duo • YSENDA MAXTONE GRAHAM

Peter Fleming, News from Tartary & Ella Maillart, Forbidden Journey

Ploughing On • HAZEL WOOD

Adrian Bell, The Cherry Tree

Strunking It • NIGEL JARRETT

Strunk & White, The Elements of Style

Once a Catholic . . . • MELISSA HARRISON

Antonia White, Frost in May

Up on the Down • COLIN WILLIAMS

Richard Adams, Watership Down

Inspired by Kipling • DAVID GILMOUR

The Indian stories and poems of Rudyard Kipling

Keeping It Real • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

An interview with the novelist Ali Smith

Speaking Volumes • CONSTANTINE FRASER

Eden & Stavroulakis, Salonika: A Family Cookbook

Everyday Mysteries • MICHAEL HOLROYD

The writings of John Stewart Collis

Stranger in Paradise • JOHN KEAY

Nicolas Bouvier, The Scorpion-Fish

‘Study to be quiet’ • KEN HAIGH

Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler

Sparkling Sydney • ELISABETH RUSSELL-TAYLOR

Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl

First-rate Monsters • ANDREW NIXON

E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels

Word from the Wood • GALEN O’HANLON

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Grandmother’s Footsteps • CECILY BLENCH

Angela Bolton, The Maturing Sun


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‘Dear Slightly Foxed, I don’t usually write these things but I wanted to contact you to let you know how much I love your publication. Each issue adds two or three books to my to-be-read list, which it doesn’t particularly need but my soul does.’ N. Edwards, Leicestershire

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Slightly Foxed Issue 54: From the Editors

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Slightly Foxed Issue 53

‘Circus Tricks’
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Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review . . .

In this issue

Adam Sisman accompanies George Smiley to The Circus • Alexandra Harris is moved by William Cowper’s letters • Jim McCue takes T. S. Eliot at his word • Maggie Fergusson lays ghosts with Hilary Mantel • Anthony Gardner examines the business of loving • Isabel Lloyd follows the way of the actor • Robin Blake maps out his reading • Pamela Beasant sees Orkney through fresh eyes • Charles Elliott mourns the lost world of the Xhosa • Katie Grant enjoys a Ruritanian adventure • David Beanland joins Arthur Ransome on the river bank • and much, much more . . .

Contents & Bibliography

Circus Tricks • ADAM SISMAN

John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

A Flickering on the Staircase • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Hilary Mantel, Giving up the Ghost

Moments of Truth • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Dog Days • SARAH LAWSON

Albert Payson Terhune, Lad: A Dog

The Abyss Beyond the Orchard • ALEXANDRA HARRIS

The letters of William Cowper

Stage Lightning • ISABEL LLOYD

Brian Bates, The Way of the Actor

A Lesson in Living • ALISON LIGHT

John McGahern, The Barracks

The Price of Revolution • CHRISTIAN TYLER

Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

Bloody Conquest • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Noël Mostert, Frontiers

Taking the Poet at His Word • JIM McCUE

Editing The Poems of T. S. Eliot

A Ghost in the Green Room • SARAH CROWDEN

J. B. Priestley, Jenny Villiers

Reading Maps • ROBIN BLAKE

On maps in books

Trouble in Ruritania • KATIE GRANT

Violet Needham, The Black Riders

Angling for a Bit of Peace • DAVID BEANLAND

Arthur Ransome, Rod & Line

Age of Innocence • ANTHONY GARDNER

Godfrey Smith, The Business of Loving

Song of the Islands • PAMELA BEASANT

George Mackay Brown, An Orkney Tapestry

Time Out of War • JEREMY LEWIS

Robert Kee, A Crowd Is Not Company

Along the Old Ways • URSULA BUCHAN

W. H. Hudson, A Shepherd’s Life

The Book Cure • KEN HAIGH

Rediscovering the love of reading

About Slightly Foxed

The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

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‘If you need a good gift for someone who loves to read, or if you love to read and want a little treat for yourself, check out the delightful Slightly Foxed . . . these aren’t reviews, but personal recommendations. For people who read a lot, it can be hard to find new suggestions, but every time I read SF, I add several titles to my library list.’ Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

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Slightly Foxed Issue 52

‘A Gentleman on the Case’
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The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

In this issue

Nicola Shulman goes back to boarding-school • Oliver Pritchett lists the merits of Roget’s Thesaurus • Sarah Perry follows the fortunes of the Cazalets • Michael Holroyd is caught up in a royal romance • Jane Ridley sets sail with Beatty and Jellicoe • Ranjit Bolt joins The Rotters’ Club • Brandon Robshaw plays detective with Margery Allingham • Lucy Lethbridge finds sustenance in Food in England • Christian Tyler sees Russia through the eyes of Doctor Zhivago • Maggie Fergusson unravels threads of memory with P. D. James • and much, much more . . .

 

Contents & Bibliography

A Gentleman on the Case • BRANDON ROBSHAW

The Albert Campion novels of Margery Allingham

Old Girls and Very Old Girls • NICOLA SHULMAN

Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Terms & Conditions

The Writing on the Wall • RANJIT BOLT

Jonathan Coe, The Rotters’ Club

That Essex Boy • MICHAEL HOLROYD

Lytton Strachey, Elizabeth and Essex

At Home with the Cazalets • SARAH PERRY

Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles

How We Lived Then • LUCY LETHBRIDGE

Dorothy Hartley, Food in England

Chesterton’s Spell • GORDON BOWKER

G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

The Price of Revolution • CHRISTIAN TYLER

Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

Sunk by the Signal Book • JANE RIDLEY

Andrew Gordon, The Rules of the Game

Well Earthed • RICHARD PLATT

David Grayson, Adventures in Contentment

A Ghost in the Green Room • SARAH CROWDEN

J. B. Priestley, Jenny Villiers

The Threads of Memory • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest

Glorious Gossip • ROGER HUDSON

The Creevey Papers

Myth and Magic • SOPHIE BREESE

Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark is Rising’ quintet

Goings-on in the Garden of Eden • WILLIAM PALMER

P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime

He Had His Little Lists • OLIVER PRITCHETT

Peter Mark Roget’s Thesaurus

 

About Slightly Foxed

Eclectic, elegant and entertaining, Slightly Foxed is the literary magazine for nonconformists, for people who don’t want to read only what the big publishers are hyping and the newspapers are reviewing. There are thousands of good books in print that are never mentioned in the literary pages, but most people have no way of knowing what they are or which ones may appeal to them. Slightly Foxed fills this gap, introducing, or reintroducing, its readers to all those wonderful books that languish on publishers’ backlists but have too often disappeared from bookshops.

Its contributors are established writers, journalists and people from other fields who share their passion for particular books and authors. Since it is entirely independent, Slightly Foxed is free to follow its own bent, to promote unfashionable enthusiasms, to celebrate the offbeat and the unusual. Contributors are encouraged to discuss their chosen books with passion and wit, to air arcane knowledge, to delight in eccentricity and to share the joys of exploring the extraordinary, the little-known and the downright peculiar.

So whether you’re in search of stimulation, consolation or diversion, a treat for yourself or a present for a friend or relative, you might do worse than take out a subscription to Slightly Foxed. If you do, you’ll be in excellent company.

 

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Croquet

‘One blazing sunny afternoon he finds himself for some inexplicable reason playing a game of croquet. He is a poor player up against a very good one, but he takes this as a pretext to expound a...

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At Home with the Cazalets

‘All happy families resemble one another,’ said Tolstoy, rather sweepingly, ‘but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ The Anna Karenina principle has so long been taken for a...

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Cover Artist: Issue 52, Mark Hearld, ‘Papercut Foxes’

Born in 1974, Mark Hearld studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art and then completed an MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. Taking his inspiration from the flora and...

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‘Thank you so much for the review of the Cazalet Chronicles . . .’

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Slightly Foxed Issue 51

A Cheerful Revolutionary
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In this issue

Michael Barber hangs out on the Maginot Line • Ursula Buchan follows Montrose to the Borders • Patrick Welland explains the Singapore Grip • Amanda Theunissen meets a revolutionary with a sense of fun • Henry Jeffreys relives his university days with David Lodge • Daisy Hay finds Mary Wollstonecraft very contemporary • Derek Collett sits in on some psychiatric sessions • Victoria Neumark asks ‘Goodbye to all what?’ • Derek Parker goes backstage with some extremely old actors • and much, much more . . .

Bibliography etc.

Balchin, Nigel: Mine Own Executioner
Books, obscure, the pleasure of
Buchan, John: Montrose
Buchan, John: Witch Wood
Church, Richard: Over the Bridge
Farrell, J. G. The Singapore Grip
Fitzgerald, Penelope: Charlotte Mew and Her Friends
Graves, Robert: Goodbye to All That
Herzen, Alexander: My Past and Thoughts
Herzen, Alexander: Childhood, Youth and Exile
Lightman, Alan: Einstein’s Dreams
Lodge, David: Changing Places
Lodge, David: Nice Work
Lodge, David: Small World
Mantel, Hilary: A Place of Greater Safety
Rhodes, Anthony: Sword of Bone
Rhys, Jean: Quartet
Rhys, Jean: Voyage in the Dark
Strindberg, August: The People of Hems
Walker, Ted: The Last of England
Wollstonecraft, Mary: Letters Written in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

About Slightly Foxed

The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

‘Sparky and independent’ The Times

‘Opening Slightly Foxed triggered one of those moments when you have to ask yourself, “How it is possible that I did not know this existed until now?” Slightly Foxed features short pieces by authors and contributors who each write about a book or author they enjoy. It’s kind of like Nick Hornby’s column in the 'Believer' – it will likely give you a lot of ideas of things you’d like to read someday, but it’s also enjoyable to just read someone’s description and stories about a book they love.’ Books, The Universe & Everything

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Hanging Out on the Maginot Line

In 1989 I was commissioned to write and present a programme about the Phoney War for BBC Radio 4. My research took me to the Imperial War Museum’s sound archives and the testimony of a Dunkirk...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 51: From the Editors

After the events of the past few months, we must admit that, though extremely cheerful and optimistic, we’re also feeling a bit ruminative here in the office. Somehow the timeless and civilizing...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 50

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In this issue

Michael Holroyd enters the scary world of novelist Dan Rhodes • Liz Forsyth hits the trail that led to Brokeback Mountain • Richard Mabey shares Lesley Blanch’s gastronomic adventures • Sue Gee finds life is changing in 1930s rural England • Robin Blake follows Gulliver on his travels • Sue Gaisford discovers Who’s Who in Grunty Fen • Patrick Welland returns to the Raj with J. G. Farrell • Laura Freeman remembers the romance Elizabeth David preferred to forget • Gary Mead seeks a cure for depression • Alexandra Harris watches the making of a Shropshire garden . . .

Bibliography etc.

Atkinson, Robert: Island Going; Quest for the Griffon; Shillay and the Seals
Blanch, Lesley: Round the World in Eighty Dishes
Bosman, Herman Charles: Cold Stone Jug
Cameron, James: An Indian Summer
Farrell, J. G.: The Siege of Krishnapur
Frankl, Viktor E.: Man’s Search for Meaning
Gibson-Cowan, Charles: The Voyage of the Evelyn Hope
Hanley, Gerald: Warriors: Life and Death among the Somalis
Moore, John: Brensham Village
Proulx, E. Annie: Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Rhodes, Dan: Anthropology: And a Hundred Other Stories; Don’t Tell Me the Truth about Love; Timoleon Vieta Come Home; Gold; Little Hands Clapping; This Is Life; When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow
Roberts, Cecil: And So to Bath
The Royal Society of Literature
South, Christopher: The Authorised Guide to Grunty Fen; Who’s Who in Grunty Fen
Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver’s Travels
Swift, Katherine: The Morville Hours

About Slightly Foxed

The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

‘A much-valued focal point for a literary world that most people had assumed had vanished forever – one that eschews most modern publishing trends, pretty much rejects the persuasions of profit-led publicity and marketing strategies for sub-standard books and instead concentrates on the traditional core values of enduring literary talent and exceptional writing.’ Caught by the River

‘Any bookworms not already familiar with this excellent periodical should give it a try.’ John Sandoe Books

Stac Lee

Mark Valentine explored the Isles and wild seas with Robert Atkinson in his article on Island Going in Slightly Foxed Issue 50, beautifully illustrated by Paul Kershaw’s woodcut of Stac Lee, home...

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Peacock Garden

‘Swift knows about containment and spillage. It’s the basic dynamic of her garden. In summer the plants billow out over the clipped box hedges that mark the borders, and roses ramble profusely...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 50: From the Editors

We had quite a celebration for our tenth anniversary in 2014 and now this summer we’ve reached what feels to us like another significant milestone – our 50th issue. You could say Slightly Foxed...

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Cover Artist: Issue 50, Clare Halifax, Whitstable Lifeguard, print

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When Brensham Hill puts on his hat . . .

Almost every morning of their lives the weather-wise people of Elmbury lift up their eyes to glance at Brensham Hill which rises solitary out of the vale, four miles away as the crow flies . . .

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Shadows on the Green

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Wilder Shores

I slipped into the world of Lesley Blanch’s swashbuckling cookbook, Round the World in Eighty Dishes (1955), before I’d even heard of it. It was the early ’60s, and I was on my first visit to...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 49

Murder at the Majestic
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In this issue

Robert Macfarlane disappears into his dictionaries • Margaret Drabble follows James Joyce to Trieste • Jonathan Smith goes back to school with Brian Moore • Sue Gee meets Penelope Fitzgerald’s uncles • Oliver Pritchett seeks inspiration • Sarah Bakewell takes to the autoroute with Cortázar and Dunlop • Patrick Welland recalls the end of empire with J. G. Farrell • Helena Drysdale meets some Real PeopleA. F. Harrold returns to Slaughterhouse 5Linda Leatherbarrow smells Bad Blood . . .


About Slightly Foxed

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Heylor, Shetland

Robert Macfarlane delights in dialect and explores the landscape of language in Slightly Foxed Issue 49, accompanied by Claire Dalby’s woodcut of Heylor, Shetland.

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Her name was Muriel Haidée Perry . . .

Her name was Muriel Haidée Perry and she was born on 5 March 1890, or so I believed when I went to Somerset House to look up the registration of her birth. It wasn’t there. What I was really...

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The Spell of Stout Angus

In a poem written near the end of his life, W. S. Graham imagined himself as a ‘wordy ghost’, ‘floating across the frozen tundra / of the lexicon and the dictionary’. Like Graham – like...

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June News: The Word-Hoard – Love Letters to Our Land

At this time of year, the build-up of desket syndrome at SF HQ is increasingly problematic, and the prospect of escaping the city for a dose of the natural world becomes more appealing by the day....

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Evasions and Deceits

Among the small horde of papers Diana Petre left me as her literary executor when she died in 2001 was a folder labelled: ‘Excuses. Lies. Evasions. Deceits.’ I thought at first that it might...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 49: From the Editors

As everyone who lives here knows, spring in London doesn’t just signal daffodils in window boxes and budding trees in squares. It signals building projects. The whole city seems to be in a state of...

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The Sadness of Mrs Bridge

As a fan of early jazz, I’ve read a great deal about Kansas City as it was in the 1930s. A most attractive place it seems in retrospect, of twenty-four-hour drinking and gambling, to the...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 48

Surprised by Joy
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Richard Holloway reaches Virginia Woolf at last • Shena Mackay weeps over Owd BobJonathan Law reads the diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner • Maggie Fergusson drops in on 84, Charing Cross RoadRobin Blake champions the novels of Keith Waterhouse • Melissa Harrison explores Gilbert White’s SelborneSimon Willis walks with Robert Walser • Julia Blackburn learns ballads by heart • C. J. Wright inspects the Punch archive with Alan Coren • Ranjit Bolt has a cautionary tale to tell . . .

Surprised by Joy

It’s always strange to think how easily you might not have met that someone: a bus that arrived on time, or a last drink at the bar, and it might all have been quite different. Our meetings with...

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A Literary Love Affair

I thought I could never feel fond of Charing Cross Road. In 1988, when I was 23, I spent a miserable three months there doing a ‘Sight and Sound’ typing course on the bleak first floor of a...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 48: From the Editors

By now most of us have probably begun the often rather agonized run-up to Christmas – the worry about what to buy for whom and where to find it. For Slightly Foxed readers, we suspect books are...

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Cover Artist: Issue 48, Sarah Woolfenden, ‘River in Winter’

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‘Beautiful copy of 84, Charing Cross Road . . .’

‘A little early to send a Christmas card, but I felt I needed to thank you after such a after such a pleasant weekend, due to the arrival of both the Winter issue of the magazine and the beautiful...

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‘I am working my way through the book with great delight . . .’

‘Dear Slightly Foxed, Many thanks for No. 48 and 84, Charing Cross Road. Ms Hanff has lost none of her exuberant charm over the years and I am working my way through the book with great delight . ....

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Slightly Foxed Issue 47

Curiouser and Curiouser
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Justin Cartwright remembers John Updike and the small town world of ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom • Maggie Fergusson finds romance in Broadmoor • Richard Mabey cultivates his library • Bel Mooney discovers a wartime heroine • Galen O’Hanlon runs wild with the young Gavin Maxwell • Frances Wilson describes the one book she’d never lend • Anthony Wells marvels at the story behind The Gulag ArchipelagoSarah Perry pays tribute to Foxe’s Book of MartyrsDerek Parker finds Don Juan excellent company • Sarah Crowden settles into the suburbs with R. F. Delderfield • Henry Jeffreys follows the erratic career of Reginald Perrin, and much more besides . . .

Mowgli with a Gun

A few months before his thirteenth birthday, the young and miserable Gavin Maxwell crept out of St Wulfric’s prep school to send a ‘thoroughly hysterical’ letter to his mother. At the end of...

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Curiouser and Curiouser

All of Aickman’s tales (he wrote 48 in all) include some kind of supernatural element. ‘Pages from a Young Girl’s Journal’ is a vampire story, ‘Ringing the Changes’ is a zombie story,...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 47: From the Editors

It’s hard to believe autumn is here already. But the days are shortening, the air is growing brisker, and gradually the city is coming to life again as people trickle back after the long summer...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 46

Grecian Hours
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Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review.

In this issue: Justin Marozzi joins Norman Lewis on the road to Mandalay • Melissa Harrison returns to Suffolk with Adrian Bell • David Rain is touched by Platero the Donkey • Michael Holroyd meets The Smith of SmithsSophie Breese discovers a mysterious book room in Marrakesh • Anthony Gardner revisits A Town like AliceHelena Drysdale reads her Murray Handbook • Gordon Bowker goes in search of Baron Corvo, and much more besides.


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Making the Best of It • WILLIAM PALMER

Vivien Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer

Grecian Hours • HELENA DRYSDALE

The Murray Handbooks

From the Farmhouse Window • MELISSA HARRISON

Adrian Bell, Silver Ley

A Bonza Town • ANTHONY GARDNER

Nevil Shute, A Town like Alice

Three Girls in a Boat • PAUL ATTERBURY

Emma Smith, Maidens’ Trip

Adrift in LA • TRAVIS ELBOROUGH

Alison Lurie, The Nowhere City

Great Scott • ROGER HUDSON

The Journal of Walter Scott

Amber Hits Back • SAMANTHA ELLIS

Amber Reeves, A Lady and Her Husband

Fired by a Canon • MICHAEL HOLROYD

Hesketh Pearson, The Smith of Smiths

Having the Last Laugh • JOANNA KAVENNA

Enrique Vila-Matas, Never Any End to Paris

The Semi-invisible Man • JUSTIN MAROZZI

Norman Lewis, A Dragon Apparent & Golden Earth

Last of the Old Guard • MICHAEL BARBER

Louis Auchincloss, A Writer’s Capital

A Dream of Boyhood • LINDA LEATHERBARROW

Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes

In Search of the Biographer • GORDON BOWKER

A. J. A. Symons, The Quest for Corvo

A Man and His Donkey • DAVID RAIN

Juan Ramón Jiménez, Platero and I

Waugh on the Warpath • RANJIT BOLT

Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One

Mustapha’s Room • SOPHIE BREESE

A Room full of Books in Marrakesh


About Slightly Foxed

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‘A heartfelt celebration of writing that has stood the test of time . . . committedly eclectic’ Gaby Wood, Telegraph

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From the Farmhouse Window

The middle volume of Adrian Bell’s inter-war farming trilogy, Silver Ley (1931), is, in its quiet, unassuming way, the most poignant memoir I think I have ever read. Picking up where his first book...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 45

Frankly, My Dear
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Victoria Glendinning hunts a biographer • Lawrence Sail hears healing laughter • Sarah Lawson revisits Gone with the WindRohan Candappa discovers a comic genius • Annabel Walker tastes the life of a peregrine • Patrick Welland enters the world of a Roman Emperor • Laura Freeman takes love lessons • John Keay witnesses a Javanese tragedy • Jane Ridley meets Edward VIII • Jeremy Lewis marches with Marlborough • Daisy Hay reads a novel of society, and much more besides . . .

The Call of the Sea

It’s a wonderful thing when a book so fires the imagination that it becomes more real than the world around you, when the mind is totally absorbed, the page dissolves, and you begin to exist...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 44

My Grandfather and Mr Standfast
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Simon Barnes finds paradise in My Family and Other AnimalsYsenda Maxtone Graham goes back to school with Angela Brazil • Ranjit Bolt takes Betjeman to Hampstead Heath • Linda Leatherbarrow breakfasts at Tiffany’s • Richard Platt discovers that there are only seven basic plots • Ursula Buchan revisits her grandfather’s Mr Standfast • Anthony Wells consults his Encyclopaedia Britannica • Grant McIntyre puts to sea again with Patrick O’Brian • Belinda Hollyer falls for a mouse called Stuart Little • Gus Alexander tracks down the overweight detective Nero Wolfe, and much more besides . . .

Paradise Regained

Every paradise is lost. That’s kind of the point. Loss is the diagnostic feature of every paradise ever lived or imagined. But for five miraculous years and 120,000 miraculous words Gerald...

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‘Made me laugh out loud . . .’

‘I’m mad about Ysenda Maxtone Graham’s piece in the new issue. Made me laugh out loud. I was a Malory Towers reader and never discovered Angela Brazil. I may have to seek her out for something...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 43

The Flight in the Heather
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John Walsh remembers his friend Beryl Bainbridge • Morag MacInnes rereads the haunting Orkney stories of Eric Linklater • Derek Parker recalls the world evoked by Arnold Bennett’s diaries • Melissa Harrison tucks Oliver Rackham’s History of the English Countryside into her backpack • Andrew Merrills journeys west with a monkey king • Victoria Neumark dips into a Walter de la Mare anthology • Dick Russell suggests that Churchill might have benefited from a reading of C. S. Forester’s novel The GeneralFrances Wood researches the explosive history of rhubarb • William Palmer is kidnapped • Cheryl Tipp listens to the memoirs of a birdman • Martin Sorrell takes pleasure in small things . . .

Lobster

We love wood engravings and in the printed quarterly we have an occasional series to introduce the work of some of our favourite engravers. We'll be sharing a woodcut from our archive on the website...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 42

Small World
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Michael Holroyd joins the Borrowers • Penelope Lively meets the child that books built • Jeremy Lewis goes down Tewkesbury way • Sue Gee travels to Corfu with Lawrence Durrell • Christian Tyler salutes a Chinese dissident • Mark Haworth-Booth returns to Kettle’s Yard • Adam Foulds describes his most precious book • Sophie Breese celebrates the novelist Barbara Comyns • Glyn Frewer relives his days as a second-hand bookseller • Robin Blake braves a high wind in Jamaica . . .

Strawberries

‘Strawberries, and only strawberries, could now be thought or spoken of. “The best fruit in England — every body’s favourite — always wholesome. — These the finest beds and finest sorts....

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Slightly Foxed Issue 41

Cellmates
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Richard Mabey finds a cellmate • Anne Boston falls for Carrington • Anthony Gardner salutes a remarkable soldier • Jane Ridley curtseys to a queen • David Gilmour visits a francophile’s England • Daisy Hay meets a Mitford • Patrick Welland raises a glass to Flann O’Brien • Galen O’Hanlon paddles with ducks . . .

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Slightly Foxed Issue 40

Mellow Fruitfulness
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Robin Blake on the Just William books, Daisy Hay on how she fell for Jane Eyre, Derek Parker on a supreme diarist, Melissa Harrison on Ronald Blythe’s view from Wormingford, Grant McIntyre on the work of Patrick O’Brian, Ysenda Maxtone Graham on reading aloud and Posy Simmonds, pen in hand, at our bookshop. There’s an introduction, too, to the latest of our Slightly Foxed Editions, the artist Gwen Raverat’s wonderfully funny and touching memoir of her childhood in Victorian Cambridge, Period Piece . . .

When the Clock Struck Thirteen

A lot of the stories I loved most as a child involved doors. Aged about 4, I suppose, I passed through the small, latched door in the hillside, into Mrs Tiggywinkle’s flagged kitchen, filled with...

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  • Slightly Foxed Issue 59 & SF Edition No. 43, Jennie Erdal, Ghosting (Published 1 September)
  • Slightly Foxed Issue 60 & SF Edition Nos. 44 & 45, Ernest Shepard, Drawn from Memory and Drawn from Life (Pair, published 1 December)
  • Slightly Foxed Issue 61 & SF Edition No. 46, Jan Morris, Conundrum (Published 1 March)
  • Slightly Foxed Issue 62 & SF Edition No. 47, Eric Newby, Love and War in the Appenines (Published 1 June)

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‘The arrival of a new issue of Slightly Foxed makes me drop everything. I read it from cover to cover and it immediately sends me off to order a number of the books that it features.’ Alexander McCall Smith

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‘Not only is it a fantastic read in its own right, it introduces the reader to an eclectic, unusual selection of reading material outside the usual bestseller lists.’ Kate Humble

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Slightly Foxed Issue 50: From the Editors

We had quite a celebration for our tenth anniversary in 2014 and now this summer we’ve reached what feels to us like another significant milestone – our 50th issue. You could say Slightly Foxed...

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Shadows on the Green

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Wilder Shores

I slipped into the world of Lesley Blanch’s swashbuckling cookbook, Round the World in Eighty Dishes (1955), before I’d even heard of it. It was the early ’60s, and I was on my first visit to...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 39

Around the Fire
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Penelope Lively returns to Alamein, John Walsh meets the enemies of promise, Isabel Colegate brings her imagination to history, Christopher Rush shows true grit, Morag MacInnes recites with George Mackay Brown and Dylan Thomas, Paul Brassley seeks refuge in farming, and Amanda Theunissen is fascinated by the 23rd title in our Slightly Foxed Editions, Christabel Bielenberg’s memoir The Past Is Myself . .

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  • Slightly Foxed Issue 60 & SF Edition Nos. 44 & 45, Ernest Shepard, Drawn from Memory and Drawn from Life (Pair, published 1 December)
  • Slightly Foxed Issue 61 & SF Edition No. 46, Jan Morris, Conundrum (Published 1 March)
  • Slightly Foxed Issue 62 & SF Edition No. 47, Eric Newby, Love and War in the Appenines (Published 1 June)
  • Slightly Foxed Issue 63 & SF Edition No. 48, TBC (Published 1 September)

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Slightly Foxed Issue 38

A Great Adventure
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Dervla Murphy travels to the Cape • Charles Elliott hails a woman warrior • Justin Marozzi visits Naples with Norman Lewis • Andrew Merrills finds himself betwixt woods and water • Paul Atterbury meets Inspector Appleby • Ysenda Maxtone Graham gets caught in the rye • Trevor Fishlock sings along at a holiday camp concert . . .

Daisies

These cheerful daisies adorned the contents page of Slightly Foxed Issue 38, Summer 2013. Ian Stephens was born in North Buckinghamshire in 1940. He studied illustration and lettering at Northampton...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 37

Dreaming of the Bosphorus
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Ates Orga recalls how his father’s Portrait of a Turkish Family came to be written • Allison Pearson meets Mrs Miniver • Annabel Walker eavesdrops on Amos Oz in Jerusalem • Gordon Bowker turns ultramarine • Chris Schüler celebrates the atlas • Marie Forsyth volunteers in a charity bookshop • Derek Parker delights in the letters of Horace Walpole • Oliver Pritchett examines the etiquette of reading in bed . . .

Hurricane Clarice

The sleeper lounge is old-fashioned British Rail, all tartan carpet, smeared tables and microwave cuisine. Tonight it contains a gathering of solitaries, all of us making separate journeys to London....

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Slightly Foxed Issue 36

Attics with Attitude
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Robert Macfarlane follows the drove roads • Sue Gee admires the darling buds • Anthony Gardner salutes Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy • Daisy Hay takes to the stage • Juliet Gardiner claps hands with Osbert Sitwell • John Keay dives into Hobson-Jobson • Bruce Hunter visits the Asterisk Club • Ysenda Maxtone Graham culls her bookshelves . . .

A Late Victorian Afternoon

They seemed reasonable enough requests. Don’t lie on the bed naked in case passing servants catch an eyeful. Also, in mixed company, could he try to swear only in French? Modest pleas made by...

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Attics with Attitude

I am sometimes asked which writers have changed my life. Next time I shall not answer ‘Proust’ but ‘Rachel Khoo’. For five years, since the death of my husband, I had all but given up cooking...

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Shelf Life

‘You must be cruel to be kind,’ gardeners tell you, about pruning roses. ‘The more you cut them down, the more they love it.’ This might be true of roses but is it true of book collections? I...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 35

Tarka the Rotter
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Richard Knott sails the Baltic with Arthur Ransome • David Spiller is intrigued by the wartime diary of Churchill’s private secretary Jock Colville • Judy Spours discovers just what it meant to be in a charge of a middle-class Victorian household • Jonathan Law tracks down Tarka the Otter and his paradoxical creator Henry Williamson • Stephen Honey trembles before The Man-eaters of Tsavo Christian Tyler is on the front line with the author and war correspondent Alan Moorehead . . .

Otter

‘There’s something inspiring about the way he comes to write Tarka by a kind of deep immersion – plunging himself into the creature’s habits and habitats, crawling through spinneys and...

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Digging

This is 'Digging' by Miriam Macgregor - a woodcut we like so much, we've featured it twice! First in Issue 10 back in 2006 to illustrate Tim Longville's article on Henry Mitchell’s The Essential...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 34

Return to Arcadia
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John Walsh meets Mr Enderby and his creator • Linda Leatherbarrow revisits the country girls • Alberto Manguel messes about with Mole and Ratty • Michele Hanson goes way down in New Orleans • Laurence Scott steps out with Uncle Sidney • Ralph Harrington meets the birdman of Singapore • Tim Mackintosh-Smith travels the road to Oxiana with Robert Byron • Anthony Gardner plays tennis with the Masai • Annabel Walker goes on safari . . .

Slightly Foxed Issue 33

A World of Shining Beauty
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Amanda Theunissen praises Pratchett • Andrew Nixon admires Flashman • Oliver Pritchett borrows some books • Gee Williams goes down to the sea again • Ashley Harrold digs out his Brewer • Ursula Buchan visits a garden in spring • Ranjit Bolt versifies on Larkin • Colin Dunne gets a sex education • Grant McIntyre turns revolutionary . . .

Ducks and Daffodils

Today’s woodcut first appeared on the contents page of Slightly Foxed Issue 33 in Spring 2012. Rosalind Bliss is a landscape artist based in the UK. She learned the rudiments of wood engraving from...

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A World of Shining Beauty

‘His descriptions are precise in every line, shaded so cleverly that the whole ninety pages work on you like a painting by Seurat. The dabs of colour are pretty enough – but stand back and there...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 32

At Home with the Pewters
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Sue Gee marvels at the magic of the Raj Quartet • Charles Elliott meets the good soldier Švejk • Ysenda Maxtone Graham goes to Vanity Fair • Henry Jeffreys raises a glass to wine books • Victoria Neumark falls in love with Lord Peter Wimsey • Antony Wood turns Pooterish • Valerie Grove celebrates Dodie Smith • Andrew Hall goes dictionary-hunting • Simon Brett climbs with Whymper • Sarah Crowden admits to a liking for smut . . .

At Home with the Pewters

I’m bound to admit that some of the experiences, and also, for heavens’ sake, the attitudes of the ‘pathetic ass who records his trivial life’ (as William Emrys Williams put it in his...

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Laura, Louisa and Me

The Child that Books Built is the title of a memoir by Francis Spufford which explores the impact of books read in childhood by interspersing an account of Spufford’s own reading with excursions...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 31

The Return of Grouse
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Tim Mackintosh-Smith meets Norman Douglas in Calabria • Laurence Scott recalls the unexpected humour of teaching poetry to adults • David Spiller champions Nevil Shute • Caroline Moore revels in Victorian sensationalism • Stephen Honey undergoes a poker player’s education • Oliver Pritchett examines the etiquette of book-signings • James Roose-Evans meets a Cockney bookseller • Catherine Merrick follows the discovery of the double helix • Ranjit Bolt admires Dickens’s mistress . . .

Slightly Foxed Issue 30

A Personal Landscape
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Andy Merrills follows in the footsteps of the fell walker Alfred Wainwright • Annabel Walker is enchanted by Marghanita Laski’s Little Boy LostChristopher Robbins takes to the skies with St-Exupéry • David Gilmour journeys through Italy with Stendhal • Adrian Thorpe recalls how he learnt to read with Homer • Christian Tyler visits the last bookshop in Europe • Oliver Pritchett discovers Hand-grenade Practice in Peking . . .

Slightly Foxed Issue 29

An Editorial Peacock
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James Hamilton-Paterson follows a spy to Cairo • Trilby Kent shares a desk with Claudine • Dennis Butts finds poetry in the Second World War • James Roose-Evans sees Europe with Augustus Hare • Kate Berridge immerses herself in the Saturday Books • Charles Elliott enters the exquisite world of a Japanese courtier • Eric Brown celebrates a science-fiction writer • Catherine Merrick salutes Charles Darwin • Michael Barber admires an elderly mischief-maker . . .


Contents

An Editorial Peacock • KATE BERRIDGE

The Saturday Books

Learn-As-You-Burn • HAZEL WOOD

P. Y. Betts, People Who Say Goodbye

The Heroism of Ordinary Life • PETER J. CONRADI

Angus Wilson, The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot; Late Call

Welcome to Dictionopolis • ROHAN CANDAPPA

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Coney’s Islands • ERIC BROWN

Michael G. Coney, Syzygy; The Girl with a Symphony in Her Fingers; Hello Summer, Goodbye; Brontomek!

Eminently a Victorian • JAMES ROOSE-EVANS

Augustus Hare, Peculiar People: The Story of My Life

Goodbye to Berlin • JAMES HAMILTON-PATERSON

Joseph Hone, The Private Sector

Biophilia for Beginners • CATHERINE MERRICK

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

A Terrifying Business • PATRICK WELLAND

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews; Shamela

The Sound of Raindrops • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book

Scandal at School • TRILBY KENT

Colette, Claudine at School; Claudine in Paris; Claudine Married; Claudine and Annie

The Fatal Gift of Phrase • MICHAEL BARBER

Gore Vidal, United States: Essays, 1952–1992; Palimpsest

Paradise Lost • JILL FOULSTON & ELISABETH RUSSELL TAYLOR

Robin Fedden, Chantesmesle

Seeking an Oasis • DENNIS BUTTS

The Oasis Trust (ed.), Return to Oasis; From Oasis into Italy; Poems of the Second World War; More Poems of the Second World War; The Schools Oasis; The Voice of War

On the Hungarian Plain • ANTHONY GARDNER

Kate Seredy, The Good Master; The Singing Tree

Hoppy Rides Again • TOM BROWN

Clarence E. Mulford’s Westerns

Comfort and Consolation • BILL TAYLOR

On downsizing a library


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Slightly Foxed Issue 28

Happy Ever After
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Oliver Pritchett reads between the lines • Juliet Gardiner takes us back to the Thirties with R. C. Sherriff’s GreengatesDiana Athill opens up the world of W. G. Sebald’s AusterlitzAriane Bankes finds some sea room • John Julius Norwich has something to declare • Sue Gee revels in Old Filth • Daisy Hay has a young visiter [sic] • Anne Boston falls for the Rabbi’s cat • Huon Mallalieu enjoys a life in pictures • Geoff Brandwood totters back to the local • Anthony Wood celebrates John Betjeman’s verse autobiography . . .


Contents

Happy Ever After • DAISY HAY

Daisy Ashford, The Young Visiters, or Mr Salteena’s Plan

Something Always Turned Up • HUON MALLALIEU

Edward Ardizzone, The Young Ardizzone 

The Child on the Beach • SUE GEE

Jane Gardam, God on the Rocks; The Queen of the Tambourine; Going into a Dark House; Old Filth; The People on Privilege Hill; The Man in the Wooden Hat

Essential Baggage • JOHN JULIUS NORWCH

Maurice Baring, Have You Anything to Declare?

Cheers! • GEOFF BRANDWOOD

Maurice Gorham & Edward Ardizzone, The Local; Back to the Local

Behind the Privet Hedge • JULIET GARDINER

R. C. Sherriff, The Fortnight in September; Greengates

Feline Philosophy • ANNE BOSTON

Joann Sfar, Le Chat du rabbin series: La Bar-Mitsva; Le Malka des lions; L’Exode; Le Paradis terrestreJérusalem d’Afrique

Tips about Icebergs • SARA WHEELER

Tété-Michel Kpomassie, An African in Greenland

No Swotting . . . • ANTONY WOOD

John Betjeman, Summoned by Bells; Collected Poems

Uncomfortable Truths • DIANA ATHILL

W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Besieged by the Sea • ARIANE BANKES

Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life

Lighting a Candle for Poetry • HAZEL WOOD

The Candlestick Press: Twelve Poems about Birds; Ten Poems about Puddings; Ten Poems about Bicycles; Ten Poems about Love; The Twelve Poems of Christmas; Ten Poems by Walter de la Mare; Six Poems by Christina Rossetti; Martin Armstrong, Miss Thompson Goes Shopping; Eleanor Farjeon, Mrs Malone

The Girl from the Bogs • CAROLINE JACKSON

Molly Keane, Good Behaviour; Loving without Tears; The Knight of Cheerful Countenance; Young Entry; Taking Chances; Mad Puppetstown; Conversation Piece; Devoted Ladies; Full House; The Rising Tide; Two Days in Aragon; Time after Time; Loving and Giving

Spellbound • SARAH CROWDEN

Beverley Nichols, The Tree that Sat Down; The Stream that Stood Still; The Mountain of Magic; The Wickedest Witch in the World

Folliries and Misinformations • DEREK PARKER

John Aubrey, Brief Lives

A Touch of Morton’s • OLIVER PRITCHETT

A love for Acknowledgements


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Happy Ever After

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Cover Art: Slightly Foxed Issue 28, Howard Phipps, ‘Downs in Winter’

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Slightly Foxed Issue 27

Well Done, Carruthers!
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‘You do know how to please! For me this was a timely, well chosen and eclectic collection of books. I look forward to your next assault on my letter box.’ N. Menzies


Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review.

In this issue: Jim Ring solves a riddle • Frances Wood shares her thoughts on paper • James Bartholomew clicks with Cuthbert • Trilby Kent goes into Purgatory • Richard Davies meets a laughing diplomat • Eric Brown discovers a sensual world • Sarah Harrison decodes publishers’ blurbs • Roger Jones returns to Walden • Trevor Fishlock takes to the skies • John de Falbe celebrates Alan Ross’s war . . .


Contents

Well Done, Carruthers! • JIM RING

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands

The Perfect Spy • FRANCES DONNELLY

Graham Greene, A Sort of Life

Lives on the Edge • FRANK HERMANN

H. A. Manhood, Night Seed; Gay Agony; Apples by Night; Crack of Whips; Fierce and Gentle; Sunday Bugles; Lunatic Broth; Selected Stories; A Long View of Nothing

Smiling Through • RICHARD DAVIES

Daniele Varè, Laughing Diplomat

Academic Angst • JOSIE BARNARD

Ivy Compton-Burnett, Pastors and Masters; Malcolm Bradbury, The History Man

A Sensual but Secret World • ERIC BROWN

Rupert Croft-Cooke’s The Sensual World series

An Extraordinary Ordinary Man • RICHARD PLATT

Hans Zinsser, Rats, Lice and History; As I Remember Him: The Biography of RS

Down in the Mayfair Badlands • D. J. TAYLOR

Roger Longrigg, A High-Pitched Buzz

The Well-Connected Letter-Writer • MARIE FORSYTH

Madame de Sévigné, Selected Letters

On the North West Frontier • Bruce Coward

Wallace Breem, The Leopard and the Cliff; Eagle in the Snow; The Legate’s Daughter

High Flyer • Trevor Fishlock

Winifred Loraine, Robert Loraine, Soldier, Actor, Airman

Thoreau’s Axe • Roger Jones

Henry Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

Writers at Sea • John de Falbe

Alan Ross, Blindfold Games; Frank Kermode, Not Entitled

If at First • James Bartholomew

P. G. Wodehouse, The Clicking of Cuthbert; Heart of a Goof

Not so Merry England • Alexander Lucie-Smith

Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

A Season in Purgatory • Trilby Kent

Geoffrey Pyke, To Ruhleben – And Back: A Great Adventure in Three Phases

The Oldest Paper in the World • Frances Wood

The Diamond Sutra


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Well Done, Carruthers!

In the depths of last winter the bathroom, if by no means warm, was the least glacial room in the house. Ever since the children were born it’s also been the only place in our North Norfolk home in...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 26

A Nightmare on Wheels
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‘It has been a great pleasure to read your Summer issue of Slightly Foxed. To meet so many old friends over my early morning cup of tea has been a lasting stimulus throughout the day.’ T. Bayliss


Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review.

In this issue: Jane Ridley meets the Queen • Derek Parker socializes with Eddie Marsh • Amanda Theunissen joins the quest for Kim • Richard Holloway finds redemption in art • Penelope Lively hears voices from the past • Anthony Wells continues his search for lost time • Laura Freeman discovers the tragedy behind the work of A. A. Milne • Michael Leapman sticks up (and sits down) for George Bernard Shaw • Ariane Bankes snaps up something wholesale, and much more besides . . .


Contents

A Nightmare on Wheels • OLIVER PRITCHETT

Tobias Smollett, Travels through France and Italy

One Golden Summer • P. D. JAMES

Michael Jenkins, A House in Flanders

On the Beach • ROGER GOURD

Leo Walmsley, Three Fevers; Foreigners; Love in the Sun; Paradise Creek

Something Marvellous to Say • JOHN KEAY

Alan Moorehead, The White Nile; The Blue Nile

Redeemed by Muriel • FRANCES DONNELLEY

Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist

Dog Days • PENELOPE LIVELY

Alethea Hayter, A Sultry Month

Briar Pipes v. Balkan Sobranies • CHRISTOPHER HAMILTON

John Buchan, Greenmantle; John Macnab

The Diary in the Attic • JAMES FERGUSSON

Raleigh Trevelyan, A Hermit Disclosed

First Love • ADAM KAY

Longus, Daphnis and Chloe

Always Carry a Spare, Good Plug • BEN HOPKINSON

The British Seagull Co. Ltd., Operating Instructions for Models 40 & 100

The Only Thing that Matters • SARAH HARRISON

Theresa de Kerpely, Arabesque

Cheddaring, Sparging and Gaffing • ROWENA MACDONALD

John Seymour, The Fat of the Land; Self-Sufficiency

Comfort in Desolation • ANNABEL WALKER

Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

In the Empty Quarter • PETER HOBDAY

Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands

Cold Cure from a Warm Climate • TIM LONGVILLE

Rolf Boldrewood, Robbery under Arms

Sunsets and Suburbia • LINDA LEATHERBARROW

Shena Mackay, The Atmospheric Railway: New and Selected Stories

Remembering Mr Simmons • CHRISTOPHER GIBSON

The bookshop at Number 16, Fleet Street


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Cover Art: Slightly Foxed Issue 26, Leon Morrocco, ‘Blue Temple, Madurai’

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February News: Collar as Dawn. Back as Snowdrop.

Meteorologically speaking, we are still deep in mid-winter, but here at Slightly Foxed the new quarter waits not for the weather, so we are delighted to announce that it is now, officially, spring....

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Slightly Foxed Issue 25

A Date with Iris
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Belinda Hollyer finds an orange grove in Florida • Christian Tyler stops at Eboli • Lawrence Sail takes the high path • Michele Hanson meets a bounty-hunter • Ashley Harrold goes literary speed-dating • Rohan Candappa escapes to Brendon Chase • Hugh Farmar asks if enough is enough • Laurence Scott gets out his Observer’s book . . .

A Date with Iris

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Slightly Foxed Issue 24

A Pash for Nash
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In this issue: Maggie Fergusson drops in on 84 Charing Cross Road • Quentin Blake and Travis Elborough celebrate the fox • Oliver Pritchett recites rude rhymes in the bath • Grant McIntyre recalls another self • Roger Hudson cherishes Mr Pepys • Michael Barber returns to the murky world of Eric Ambler • Andrew Lycett reads a double life • Sue Gee visits a little house at the edge of the wood, and much more besides . . .


Contents

A Pash for Nash OLIVER PRITCHETT

[Ogden Nash] Linell Smith & Isabel Eberstadt (eds.), Candy Is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash;  Douglas M. Parker, Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse

Unlucky Jim GRANT MCINTYRE

James Lees-Milne, Another Self

Anarchist in a Tie • MICHAEL BARBER

Eric Ambler, Journey into Fear; The Mask of Dimitrios; Cause for Alarm; Epitaph for a Spy; Uncommon Danger

The Little House at the Edge of the Wood SUE GEE

Alison Uttley, The Little Grey Rabbit Books

Of Julius Scissor and Gary Baldy HAZEL WOOD

Leo Rosten, The Education of H*y*m*a*n K*a*p*l*a*n

A Very Rising Man • ROGER HUDSON

[Samuel Pepys] Robert Latham and William Matthews (eds.), The Diaries; Claire Tomalin, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

Divine Spark EMMA HOGAN

Muriel Spark, Memento Mori; Curriculum Vitae; Martin Stannard, Muriel Spark: The Biography

Price of a Double Life ANDREW LYCETT

Michael Burn, Turned towards the Sun

The Flying Yorkshireman JOHN EMMS

Eric Knight, Sam Small Flies Again

We All Love Your Letters . . . MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road

Balchin’s Maimed Brilliance C. J. DRIVER

Nigel Balchin, The Small Back Room

Brush with the Law TRAVIS ELBOROUGH

Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox; Jeremy Treglown, Roald Dahl: A Biography

Stars in His Eyes • DONALD WINCHESTER

Giles Smith, Lost in Music

Mystery at the Minster •JOHN SAUMAREZ SMITH

John Meade Falkner, The Nebuly Coat

Plain Jane? Plain Wrong DAISY HAY

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Six Things to Do with Cabbage • KAREN ROBINSON

Cooking in a Bedsitter

Great-aunts PETRIE HARBOURI


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The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine. More . . . 

Plain Jane? Plain Wrong

There is nothing ‘common-place’ about Pride and Prejudice. It has a tightly woven, seductively intricate plot, which unfolds so delicately that the reader falls blindly into the traps of...

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A Brush with the Law

I recall being mildly disappointed that the factory in Charlie and the Chocolate was not fashioned solely from chocolate. Now that literalism strikes me as peculiarly wonderful. And, in retrospect,...

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Divine Spark

I first came across Spark when working in a little second-hand bookshop off the Charing Cross Road. A battered tome of her selected works was on sale in the outside pile, desolately stationed there...

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Slightly Foxed Issue 23

Social Climbing
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Amanda Theunissen heads for Chinese Turkestan • Alice O’Keeffe goes Cuban • Jeremy Lewis unearths the missing will • Ashley Harrold celebrates a very minor poet • Michele Hanson trails after Humphry Clinker • C. J. Wright saves the Punch table for the nation • Linda Leatherbarrow finds food for free • Jeremy Noel-Tod and Robert Macfarlane go night-climbing in Cambridge . . .