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Slightly Foxed Issue 15
  • ISBN: 9780955198779
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Shazia Mahmood, ‘Loch Eishort’, oil on canvas
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 15

‘Underwear Was Important’


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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

Wim d’Haveloose goes walkabout • Josie Barnard visits Oxfam • Jon Stallworthy recalls a golden warrior • Bevis Hillier remembers the Pre-Raphaelites • Ariane Bankes joins the rag trade • Hazel Wood presents a Posy • Peter Gill heads for the hills • Gregory Norminton mourns Keats • Richard Platt talks to a Guernseyman, and much more besides . . .

Underwear Was Important • HAZEL WOOD

On the cartoons of Posy Simmonds

A Guernsey Lad • RICHARD PLATT

G. B. Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

Inside the Brotherhood • BEVIS HILLIER

William Gaunt, The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy

Illumination and Shadow • KAREN ROBINSON

Alan Furst, The Foreign Correspondent

A Landscape without Figures • WIM D’HAVELOOSE

Patrick White, Voss

Large Busts and Slim Margins • ARIANE BANKES

Eric Newby, Something Wholesale

Chronicle of Loss • JOHN DE FALBE

On the novels of Gregor von Rezzori

In Flight from Fitchville • KATE DUNN

Lorrie Moore, Anagrams

Heading for the Hills • PETER GILL

On the works of John Keay

England’s Epic • JON STALLWORTHY

Hope Muntz, The Golden Warrior

Rescued by the Milkman • LUCY LETHBRIDGE

On the memoirs of Margaret Powell


Anthony Burgess, Abba Abba


Vic Gatrell, City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-century London

After the Anschluss • JESSICA MANN

On the novels of Sarah Gainham


Andrea di Robilant, A Venetian Affair: A True Story of Impossible Love in the Eighteenth Century

Transports of Delight • JOSIE BARNARD

On Charity bookshops

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 15: From the Editors

Time and tide, as they say, wait for no man, and the past few months have seen some significant changes in the office of Slightly Foxed. Our marketing manager Kathleen, who did wonderful work in...

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Underwear Was Important

Posy’s dialogue is as good as her draughtsmanship, and she has a talent for names (an area in which so many writers fall down) which is as good as that of Evelyn Waugh or Anthony Powell. What...

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A Guernsey Lad

I have just returned from a long holiday in the Channel Islands visiting with Ebenezer Le Page, an old and valued friend, at Les Moulins, Ebenezer’s cottage by the sea. It is built of the same blue...

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Inside the Brotherhood

I first read the book when I was 16; later, Gaunt became a recurring figure in my life, cropping up unexpectedly like one of the incidental characters in Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of...

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Illumination and Shadow

‘It is Europe that is dying, my friends.’ This gloomy observation is, his devoted fans will recognize, the very essence of Alan Furst. It is delivered, in this case, by an anti-fascist Italian...

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A Landscape Without Figures

I first read Voss about forty years ago and didn’t pick it up again until very recently. A few years later I was somewhat disappointed by one or two of White’s other books and this must have...

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Large Busts and Slim Margins

It remains one of the more surprising facts of life that the intrepid traveller Eric Newby, who by the time I knew him had the weatherbeaten cragginess of a man only happy when halfway up the Hindu...

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Chronicle of Loss

‘I myself – pampered by my Jewish friends – was a steadfast anti-Semite.’ There are enough reflections from [von Rezzori's] autobiographical work to show that he was intimately acquainted...

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In Flight from Fitchville

The shelves in my study are crammed with books that I only quite like, to the extent that I think they barely represent my taste in reading, largely because I have pressed all my favourites on...

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Heading for the Hills

The focus of John Keay’s two books is the evolving imperial game that British India played on its north-west frontier. The Khyber Pass was one of the great invasion routes of history, and for all...

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England’s Epic

The Golden Warrior is not ‘an ordinary historical novel’ in any sense. These, and even extraordinary historical novels like Tolstoy’s War and Peace, tend to be written by novelists who have...

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Rescued by the Milkman

When I began to research the lives of twentieth-century domestic servants, I was surprised by the number of servants’ memoirs that had been published in the second half of the century. It seemed...

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A Too-Early Death

I am one of those fastidious individuals who, before travelling, has to draw up a reading list suited to the place he is to visit. For this reason, on a recent trip to Rome, I reread Abba Abba (one...

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Bottoms Up

Vic Gatrell’s book City of Laughter paints a compelling, seductive picture of London in a lost Golden Age – the Golden Age revealed in the hundreds of satirical prints that poured from the...

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After the Anschluss

It takes a special sort of long-term determination and courage to risk one’s life for someone else’s sake. Would the friends who protected Anne Frank’s family in their secret annexe have...

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Impossible Love

As I make my way through narrow passages and over numerous little bridges, I am trying to imagine a Venice of two and a half centuries ago, the Venice of A Venetian Affair by Andrea di...

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Transports of Delight

I have a pocketful of change. Around me, there’s the sound of clothes hangers on rails. Beyond a bin of old toys there’s a clink of crockery. The flooring’s worn, the smell is musty. I can...

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