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Slightly Foxed Issue 16
  • ISBN: 9780955198786
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 December 2007
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Posy Simmonds, ‘Fireside Reading’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 16

‘For Pheasant Read Peasant’


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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

Grant McIntyre gets caught up in A Dance to the Music of Time William Palmer raises a glass to Dickens • Julia Keay falls in love with Georgette Heyer • Roger Hudson revisits Kilvert • Michele Hanson quizzes D.H. Lawrence • Jeremy Noel-Tod celebrates 1066 (and all that) • Derek Parker goes Thurber-hunting • Duncan Minshull walks on ice • Antony Wood enjoys the inspired idiocy of the clerihew, and much more besides . . .

For Pheasant Read Peasant • JEREMY NOEL-TOD

W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That

The Power of Stealing Hearts • ROGER HUDSON

Francis Kilvert, Diary

Yes, Yes, Sir Jasper! • JULIA KEAY

On the novels of Georgette Heyer

Legging It for Lotte • DUNCAN MINSHULL

Werner Herzog, Of Walking in Ice

Strangely Like Real Life • GRANT MCINTYRE

Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time

Dining in Parnassus • JOHN SAUMAREZ SMITH

Holbrook Jackson, Bookman’s Holiday

A Whiff of Sulphur • MALCOLM GLUCK

Leonardo Sciascia, To Each His Own

Bentley Gently • ANTONY WOOD

On the clerihews of E. C. Bentley

The Ruthless Truth of War • CHRISTIAN TYLER

On the novels of Vasily Grossman

Needy Authors, Literary Hacks • PAUL ROUTLEDGE

George Gissing, New Grub Street

Praisethurber • DEREK PARKER

James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; My Life and Hard Times

Learning to Swaller It • OLIVIA LAING

Rumer Godden, The Diddakoi


On the novels of Alec Waugh

The Smoking Bishop • WILLIAM PALMER

On drinking and drunkenness in Dickens

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 16: From the Editors

With mist obscuring the dome of St Paul’s and winter closing in, it seems a long time since we were driving through lush, sunlit Devon lanes to the launch of the Autumn issue at the (tiny) Big Red...

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Strangely Like Real Life

My own prime favourite is Anthony Powell’s sequence of novels A Dance to the Music of Time: panoramic, sharply observed, farcical, ironic, yet shot through with what Kingsley Amis called an...

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Yes, Yes, Sir Jasper!

I am a Georgette Heyer fan. There. In the full knowledge that many, probably most, of those who consider themselves serious readers will react to such a statement with a disdainful curl of the lip,...

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The Power of Stealing Hearts

Not a little of the appeal of Kilvert’s Diary for its early readership was the total contrast it provided to contemporary horrors. What could offer a better escape than the largely unruffled...

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For Pheasant Read Peasant

1066 and All That is a book that for me gleams so strongly with the same spirit of redress as to be a work of satirical genius. This is, I know, a little stronger than the usual estimate of Sellar...

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Legging It for Lotte

Werner Herzog, the German film-maker, was friends with the late Chatwin (on the subject of walking they once compared legs together). He is known for such expansive and luminous works as Aguirre,...

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Dining in Parnassus

Second-hand booksellers often find the reading of their books not just an occupational hazard but a waste of their precious time. They would rather spend it on keeping up with auction prices, reading...

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A Whiff of Sulphur

When an Italian friend recommended a Sicilian writer of detective fiction called Leonardo Sciascia (and pronounced, in the author’s island dialect, as sash-arr), I listened politely but...

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Bentley Gently

One of the literary forms that has always given me most pleasure, in between the serious stuff, has been the clerihew, named after its inventor Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956). Bentley was...

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The Ruthless Truth of War

Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union I was invited to join a private train for its first – and, as it proved, only – excursion, from St Petersburg to Tashkent. Things in Russia had...

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Needy Authors, Literary Hacks

In a tiny seventeenth-century cottage, fashioned from stone stables, I found the Idle Bookseller. Not that Ros Stinton lives up to her trade name, presiding as she does over the largest collection of...

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Learning to Swaller It

The best days of my childhood were spent in a borrowed horse-drawn wagon, ricocheting up and down the semi-sheer slopes of the Wicklow Mountains, reins firmly grasped in small hands. I loved...

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Not too many years ago, it would have been unnecessary to explain who James Thurber was. His short story ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, published in 1947 in the New Yorker (where most of his...

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Lucky Alec

‘Which would you rather be,’ asked Maurice Richardson, ‘a shit of genius or a chronic euphoric?’ The shit of genius was Evelyn Waugh, the chronic euphoric his elder brother Alec, who once...

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The Smoking Bishop

In one way, Dickens was not a Victorian. He was born in 1812 and his formative years were spent under the Regency, then the reigns of George IV and William IV. By the time of Victoria’s coronation,...

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