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Slightly Foxed Cubs is a series of reissues of classic children’s books which will, we feel, strike a nostalgic chord with many older readers and introduce a younger generation to writers whose marvellous books have, unaccountably, been allowed to slip out of print.

Many of you have been collecting our handsome reissues of Ronald Welch’s Carey novels in the Slightly Foxed Cubs series. All twelve are now available as well as a thirteenth novel which is not technically part of the series but which just as well might be for it has all the same ingredients – a young protagonist with a Welsh background, a believable cast of characters, and a fast-paced plot brought alive by Welch’s customarily vivid historical detail.

We’re delighted to make these wonderful books available again, with their original illustrations, in our elegantly designed and highly collectable series of Slightly Foxed Cubs. Some of the titles in the Cubs series are already fetching high prices from second-hand booksellers, so why not start collecting this limited edition now and receive all 13 Slightly Foxed Cubs, inscribed with the same edition number, at our special price?

No. 13, Sun of York

Ronald Welch’s Sun of York is set during the final years of the Wars of the Roses, the long struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster for the English throne. Impoverished young aristocrat Owen Lloyd rides out with his father from the family’s run-down castle in the Welsh Marches to fight on the Yorkist side. He’s an angry young man, determined to reverse the family’s fortunes and take revenge on Sir John Turberville and his sons, who have laid claim to the Lloyds’ estate.

Brave and quick-thinking, Owen pursues his personal feud with the Turbervilles while at the same time distinguishing himself in battle and contributing to the victory of the Yorkist King Edward IV. He is introduced at Court, where he sees for the first time the enormous wealth of the City of London and is disillusioned by the cynical opportunism of those in power. Sun of York is a fascinating up-close picture of fifteenth-century politics – and an unexpected portrait of the future King Richard III. Finally, knighted and successful and with the family fortunes secured, Owen returns to Wales a wiser and more contented young man.

No. 12, Tank Commander

In the summer of 1914 the Germans enter Belgium and Britain mobilizes for war. Second Lieutenant John Carey, with his regiment the West Glamorgans, exchanges his comfortable quarters at Tidworth for the mud and bloodshed of the trenches. As the death toll mounts, John is called on to take responsibility far beyond his rank and experience in what often seems a hopeless situation. But with the introduction of a revolutionary new weapon – the tank – the tide begins to turn.

No. 11, Ensign Carey

In the seedy mid-nineteenth century London underworld, William Carey has a frightening encounter with George Hampton, a violent and unprincipled young man on the make. Banished from Cambridge as a result, in 1856 William travels to India, where his father has obtained a commission for him in the 84th Bengal Native Infantry, and his path again crosses that of Hampton. William is no saint, but when the Indian Mutiny breaks out among the native troops, he acts with generosity and courage.

No. 10, Nicholas Carey

It is 1853, and on holiday in Italy, Captain Nicholas Carey is persuaded by his cousin Andrew to help three Italian revolutionaries escape the Papal States. After returning to England, Nicholas runs his cousin to earth in Paris, and the two foil an assassination attempt on the Emperor Napoleon III. Rejoining his regiment Nicholas then distinguishes himself in the Crimea at the Battles of Sebastopol and The Redan.

No. 9, Captain of Foot

Twenty-year-old Christopher Carey is serving as a Lieutenant in the famous Light Brigade under Wellington during the Peninsular War. Between 1808 and 1812, Chris takes part in the retreat to Corunna with Sir John Moore, is captured by the French, falls in with Spanish guerrillas, and ends up as a Captain, having been noticed by Wellington and mentioned in dispatches.

No. 8, Escape from France

With news of the revolution in France, the Careys are anxious about the fate of their relatives, the aristocratic d’Assailly family. Young Richard Carey, still a Cambridge student, is sent secretly by his father Lord Aubigny on a mercy mission to bring them back to England. A complex tale of daring and disguise, and a vivid picture of revolutionary Paris.

No. 7, Mohawk Valley

In 1755 young Alan Carey is sent to the colony of New York by his father the Earl to look into his estates in Mohawk Valley. It’s a life-changing experience. Alan grows in moral stature as he deals with a dishonest bailiff, learns the ways of the virgin forest, overcomes hostile Indians and renders invaluable service to General Wolfe during the capture of Quebec.

No. 6, Captain of Dragoons

Charles Carey is a Captain in the Duke of Marlborough’s army during the early years of the
War of the Spanish Succession – a moody, quick-tempered and charismatic figure who is also one of its most brilliant swordsmen. Having discovered that there is a traitor in the camp, Charles is sent to spy in France on a mission that ends with his imprisonment in the Bastille. But he manages to escape in time to take part in Marlborough’s decisive victory at Blenheim.

No. 5, For the King

It’s 1642 and the country is riven by civil war. Home-loving Neil Carey reluctantly sets out from the family’s Welsh estate to fight on the Royalist side in the regiment his father has raised. Sensitive and small in stature, Neil has always lived in his older brother’s shadow, but he acquits himself courageously in battle, and when he is captured by the Roundheads at Marston Moor, his life is saved by his own honesty.

No. 4, The Hawk

Harry Carey is a young naval officer aboard one of his father, the Earl of Aubigny’s merchant ships running between London and Santander during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Relations with Spain are tense and Harry finds himself called on to save the ship from seizure by the Spanish authorities, and to help scupper a Catholic plot to assassinate the Queen.

No. 3, The Galleon

After killing a man in a duel, penniless Carey cousin Robert Penderyn escapes reprisal by joining his uncle’s merchant ship sailing for Santander in 1583. England and Spain are engaged in a trade war, and the English never know when they will fall foul of the port authorities or the Inquisition. Returning after months in a Spanish prison Robert becomes involved in foiling a Catholic plot to put Mary Queen of Scots on the English throne.

No. 2, Bowman of Crécy

Set during the Hundred Years’ War, this is the real story of one of Edward III’s campaigns. Sir John Carey is on his way to the wars in France when his life is saved by an unlikely hero, Hugh Fletcher, head of a band of outlaws living in the greenwood. Grateful Sir John adopts Hugh and his men as part of his army and they follow him to France, where their courage and skill as longbowmen are crucial in the defeat of the French at the Battle of Crécy.

No. 1, Knight Crusader

Young Philip d’Aubigny, son of a rich Crusader family who have stayed on in the Holy Land after the First Crusade, finds himself caught up in the fight against Saladin, during which he is captured and encounters the legendary Emir himself. Finally, in a series of hair-raising adventures, he escapes to take possession of the family’s Welsh estate. 1954 Carnegie Medal winner.

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  1. Moyeen Islam says:

    I’m delighted that you are publishing ‘Sun of York’ as a complement to the original Ronald Welch Carey novels! I loved these books as a child and now my 11 year-old daughter has read them all and loved them as well. Your set was magnificent and is already a much-loved family book collection. Please will you also consider publishing ‘The Gauntlet’ (which I have never read!) and ‘Zulu Warrior’? RW’s wiki page also has a few other books listed? Do you know anything about them? Best wishes

    • Slightly Foxed says:

      We’re thrilled that you and your daughter have both enjoyed them so much and that she proves that these books are not ‘just for boys’! As yet we’re afraid there are no plans to print either ‘The Gauntlet’ or ‘Zulu Warrior’ but we’ll keep all of our readers up-to-date with any further Ronald Welch developments.

    • Moyeen Islam says:

      I certainly think they are not ‘just for boys’! The stories are pretty exciting and the historical details are a great way for children to get a taste for history and to feel that they learned something. I remember writing an essay about the Battle of Blenheim just as I was reading ‘Captain of Dragoons’! I can’t recommend these books highly enough and can’t thank you enough for making them available again after so many years.

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