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Slightly Foxed Issue 14
  • ISBN: 9780955198762
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 June 2007
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Simon Dorrell, ‘Foxgloves’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 14

‘Major Problems’


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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

Lyall Watson encounters some helpful fellow-travellers • Sue Gee follows the tale of Orlando the Marmalade Cat • Stephen Glain revisits Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria • Charlie Lee-Potter remembers springtime in Paris • Linda Leatherbarrow enjoys a peak experience • Hilary Macaskill tackles the Cévennes with several donkeys • Richard Platt meets a Kentucky barber • Jim Ring admires the view from a periscope • Ysenda Maxtone Graham goes Ladybird-hunting, and much more besides . . .

Major Problems • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Peter Fleming, Brazilian Adventure

Fellow-Travellers, or The Trouble a Book Can Cause • LYALL WATSON

Michael Andrews, The Life that Lives on Man

Twilight of a Golden Age • STEPHEN GLAIN

Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

Studying Revenge • JOHN SAUMAREZ SMITH

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations


W. E. Bowman, The Ascent of Rum Doodle

A Kinder, Gentler Thoreau • RICHARD PLATT

Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

The Pencil and the Plough • CHRISTIAN TYLER

On Wendell Berry

Always a Healthy Bugger • DENNIS SILK

Sheila Stewart, Lifting the Latch: A Life on the Land

On the Broad Shoulders of a Eunuch Cat • SUE GEE

Kathleen Hale, the Orlando books

A Balkan Adventure • MALCOLM GLUCK

Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Rites of Passage • JIM RING

Edward Young, One of Our Submarines

Travels with Several Donkeys • HILARY MACASKILL

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

Flight of the Ladybird • YSENDA MAXTONE GRAHAM

On the Ladybird Books

Pernod and Gitanes • CHARLIE LEE-POTTER

Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse

Flowering Passions • TIM LONGVILLE

James Hamilton-Paterson, Griefwork

Face to Face • NICHOLAS CLEE

On interviewing

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.

Slightly Foxed Issue 14: From the Editors

No doubt you’ve noticed, as we have, how smartly the press has jumped on to the ecological bandwagon. Over the past twelve months we’ve received special ‘green’ issues of various magazines,...

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Pernod and Gitanes

One afternoon last summer I splashed along Piccadilly with the rain spray-painting the back of my tights, thinking how much nicer Paris in the sunshine would be. And then, from nowhere, a neglected...

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Major Problems

I’ve never been to Brazil, and to tell the truth I’m not much interested in going. Even reading about South America doesn’t thrill me. I’m not sure why this should be since I found Central...

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Fellow-Travellers, or The Trouble a Book Can Cause

Florence Nightingale steadfastly refused to believe in bacteria, but she was wrong. The horrid truth is that every one of us carries billions of fellow-travellers, and no amount of bathing can ever...

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Studying Revenge

On page 1 he noted the omission of Lord Acton (‘power corrupts etc’) and ten pages later he criticized the sparseness of John Aubrey’s entry, which might be explained by the absence of Brief...

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A Rum Do

Mountaineers can obviously take a joke. In 1981, four years before W. E. Bowman died and a quarter of a century after the publication of his spoof mountaineering book, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, he...

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The Pencil and the Plough

Wendell Berry is a man who refuses to be categorized, because every label attached to him is a distortion of his views. Or so he feels. This lean and lanky, six-foot-something Kentucky farmer is...

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Always a Healthy Bugger

It all began in a butcher’s shop in Shipston-on-Stour. In 2000 Sheila Stewart had written an excellent little book about her old daily help, Country Kate, to record for posterity ‘the richness of...

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On the Broad Shoulders of a Eunuch Cat

In 1917, Kathleen Hale arrived in London, fresh out of art school, ‘with only a few shillings in my pocket, my pince-nez delicately chained to one ear and no qualifications whatsoever for earning a...

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A Balkan Adventure

Contemplating diving into Rebecca West’s great Balkan travel adventure, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, is like contemplating a long bungee jump. It offers both compulsion and revulsion, but once it is...

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Rites of Passage

The man from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate was very insistent. On the bucking deck of the tender in Plymouth Sound he engaged me in conversation so closely as to quite obscure my view. She...

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Travels with Several Donkeys

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, Robert Louis Stevenson’s account of his walk through the mountains in 1878, was my mother’s favourite book, which automatically made it one of mine. The...

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Flight of the Ladybird

Quick: bring something to read to him on the train! This last-minute thought, just before setting the burglar alarm, sends me rushing to the pair of small bookshelves outside the bathroom which...

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Flowering Passions

I’ve never had anything you could call A Career. I’ve always either gone where interest suggested and opportunity allowed or just Micawberishly waited for something to turn up. Despite the...

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Face to Face

For fifteen years, I had one of the best jobs in the world. I was book news editor at The Bookseller, and most weeks I included in my pages an interview with an author. I talked to celebrated...

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