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Slightly Foxed Issue 13
  • ISBN: 9780955198755
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2007
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Susie Leiper, ‘Spring Garden’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 13

‘Winning Through’


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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

Liz Robinson meets a provincial lady • Rohan Candappa heads for the bunker • Christian Tyler rides a tiger • Ruth Symes takes passage to India • Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson revisits Torcello • Patrick Evans casts a fly • Justin Marozzi goes Dutch • Harriet Sergeant admires a ginger tree • C. J. Wright mourns the passing of a bookseller • Humphrey & Solveig Stone find Arcadia, and much more besides . . .

Winning Through • ROHAN CANDAPPA

R. G. G. Price, Betty Hope’s Survive with Me

Daphne’s Moment of Decadence • TIM HEALD

Daphne du Maurier, The Parasites

With Bold Knife and Fork • JANE LUNZER GIFFORD

On the writings of M. F. K. Fisher


On the writings of M. F. K. Fisher

There for the Duration • JULIET GARDINER

Elizabeth Taylor, At Mrs Lippincote’s

A Bit of a Bracer • VICTORIA NEUMARK

Frank & Anita Kermode (eds.), The Oxford Book of Letters


Oswald Wynd, The Ginger Tree

Of Sex and Salmon • PATRICK EVANS

William Humphrey, The Spawning Run

Riding the Leopard • JOHN DE FALBE

On Harvill Press


Cees Nooteboom, Nomad’s Hotel; The Following Story


On the works of Jim Corbett



People of Our Sort • LIZ ROBINSON

E. M. Delafield, The Diary of a Provincial Lady

An Unsettling Read • RUTH SYMES

E. M. Forster, A Passage to India


Shirley Guiton, No Magic Eden; A World by Itself

The Passing of a Bookseller • C. J. WRIGHT

On the bookseller John Stephens

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. Read more about Slightly Foxed.

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Farringdon Station

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An Unsettling Read

As the long flight plugged on through the night, Forster’s powerful descriptions of the scenery and climate of India beckoned me. I longed to feel the way the Asian heat ‘leapt forward’ hour by...

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With Bold Knife and Fork

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher did write exquisitely. She also wrote a vast amount, and one might fear indigestion on so hefty a diet of opinion, scathing contempt and passion for the many and varied...

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Pure Arcadia

I don’t really consider M. F. a cookery writer per se. She is a sort of food alchemist and is positively sensual about the pleasure of food. ‘I just wish my fellow countrymen were more relaxed....

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Winning Through

I was born on 26 January 1962 in a small upstairs bedroom at 8 Fairview Road, Norbury, South London. Towards the end of that year the world held its collective breath as, courtesy of the Cuban...

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Daphne’s Moment of Decadence

Du Maurier’s reputation seems, if possible, to grow with the years, not least because she is so difficult to pin down. Everyone, including Margaret Forster, her often uncomfortable official...

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There for the Duration

‘It changed my life!’ people sometimes exclaim about a book. While I am fairly certain that has never happened to me, a book certainly changed my book. In the summer of 2004 I had finished...

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A Bit of a Bracer

Recently I’ve started writing letters to prisoners (via the New Bridge Foundation). I can recommend it as a means to think about what we have in common with each other. The amount of trust – in...

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Bitter Fruit

I was given The Ginger Tree, by Oswald Wynd, to read before the birth of my first child. ‘It will take your mind off things,’ said my friend. Indeed it did. Through all the dramas of a premature...

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Of Sex and Salmon

Sixty pages of non-fiction can take you to strange places. When I first read The Spawning Run, it was in armchair comfort, coolly anticipating the prospect of a literary march across sweet spring...

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Riding the Leopard

The more you read, the more you realize you want to read, for each book generates a further reading list. Only occasional readers imagine that reading is a matter of working through a list of...

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Going Dutch

We British like to think of ourselves as a cosmopolitan island race, outward-looking and worldly, yet we can be a parochial lot, too. We heap opprobrium on the Arab world for its failure to translate...

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Cold Courage

If pest control could win you medals for bravery, Jim Corbett would have won the VC. The citation would have read something like this: ‘Regardless of his own safety, he repeatedly exposed himself...

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Cain’s Clan

The story of Beowulf is told in a little over 3,000 lines of poetry, written some time between the seventh and tenth centuries in Old English. The poet has a Christian viewpoint, just about, you...

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People of Our Sort

November 7th Plant the indoor bulbs. Just as I am in the middle of them, Lady Boxe calls. I say, untruthfully, how nice to see her, and beg her to sit down while I just finish the bulbs. Lady B....

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The Passing of a Bookseller

He was still looking for that last volume. If anyone could have found it, he could. That’s how good he was at his trade. As I stood at the graveside on a bright spring day, on that exposed ridge...

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