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.
Fast-paced and colourful, Ronald Welch’s novels join up the dots of English history in a remarkably vivid and human way. The plots are gripping, the characters believable and the research meticulous. Elegantly designed and handsomely bound, they’re not only great reads but also distinguished additions to any bookshelf. Each title is published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.
We’re delighted to make these wonderful books available again, in our 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 14 available Ronald Welch novels, inscribed with the same edition number?
No. 14, The Road to Waterloo
The manuscript of The Road to Waterloo lay unread among Ronald Welch’s papers for more than thirty years after his death and is published here, with specially commissioned illustrations, for the first time. Though not officially part of the Carey series, this novella fills a significant gap in the family story and fits neatly into the series – the French mother of its young protagonist James Carey, we learn, had fled to England during the Revolution, an episode which featured in the earlier novel Escape from France. Now James, at 17, is a Cornet in the 30th Light Dragoons, preparing to confront Napoleon Bonaparte, who has recently escaped from Elba. It’s a thrilling picture of the build-up to Wellington’s victory at Waterloo and of a great army preparing for battle, and it has all the inimitable Welch ingredients – a young hero who grows up during the course of the book, entirely believable characters and a fast-paced plot brought alive by vivid historical detail.
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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'Thank you to all at Slightly Foxed for the full set of Ronald Welch's Carey novels you have produced over the last couple of years. I am enjoying working my way through them again and am very...Read more
For readers ‘who, like me, enjoy historical battles and will treasure these books . . . ’
‘The book Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch tells the story of a young Squire called Philip who (later on in the book) becomes a knight . . .’Read more
‘Your set was magnificent . . .’
'Dear SF, 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...Read more
‘A quarterly full of delights’
‘. . . a quarterly full of delights and articles about books new and old, published and out of print, beautifully illustrated and written by excellent authors . . .‘Read more
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‘I was pleased and amazed to see you are publishing the Ronald Welch books. As a child I adored them and they infused in me a great love of history . . . Over the years I have collected most of his...Read more
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‘I am looking forward to receiving the set, having read my first Ronald Welch novel as a very young boy in the late 1960s leading to a life long interest in history and historical fiction. I have...Read more
‘I look forward to introducing my grandchildren to the Careys . . .’
‘Thank you very much for The Road to Waterloo which arrived safely this morning – just as I was starting to get withdrawal symptoms after finishing the series . . .’Read more
‘I was immediately intrigued . . .’
‘The other week, a surprise parcel turned up in the mail for me. Inside was a beautiful, clothbound new edition of a never-before-published Ronald Welch book, The Road to Waterloo . . .’Read more
‘These new editions are exquisite . . .’
‘I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to receive my set of Ronald Welch books earlier this week. These new editions are exquisite – simply wonderful to hold, feel, smell and browse...Read more
‘A beautifully produced volume . . .’
‘Hello all at Slightly Foxed, thanks so much for The Road to Waterloo which arrived today – safe, sound and unexpectedly early! Once again, it’s a beautifully produced volume and maintains your...Read more
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‘I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the prompt shipment of the lovely set of Ronald Welch books. They’re simply gorgeous, and they make me want to ditch my university teaching for...Read more
Learning from the Wilderness
You should never camp in a ravine. Look for higher ground, and a windbreak – a fallen tree is fine, but rocks are the best. Gather balsam wood for bedding, and use your tomahawk to cut firewood...Read more
Joining the Grown-ups
Revisiting the Carey novels today, I am struck by how fresh and magnetizing they have remained, and by how much there is in these books – as there is in all good children’s literature – that...Read more
Why Ronald Welch’s novels will help your children fall in love with history
Ronald Welch, a tank commander turned schoolmaster, is one of the 20th century’s most underrated children’s writers. Like Hilary Mantel, he understood that what makes a lost epoch stick in your...Read more
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