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Slightly Foxed Issue 17
  • ISBN: 9780955198793
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: James Nunn, ‘with apologies to Eric Ravilious’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 17

‘Light Reading’


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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

Ronald Blythe inherits a library • Maggie Fergusson celebrates Edwin Muir • Robin Blake does detention with Jennings • Rohan Candappa praises Saki • Annabel Walker ponders Pevsner • Christopher Rush revisits Treasure Island • Hazel Wood reflects on the truth of the heart • Simon Heafield goes up in smoke • Derek Robinson falls in love with modern verse • Sue Gee returns to Warsaw, and much more besides . . .

Light Reading • RONALD BLYTHE

On pocket-size volumes

The Truth of the Heart • HAZEL WOOD

Rosemary Sutcliff, Blue Remembered Hills

J. C. T. Jennings and the Problem of Evil • ROBIN BLAKE

Anthony Buckeridge, the Jennings books

Going Back • SUE GEE

Radek Sikorski, The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland

Murder Most Civilized • EMMA HOGAN

Agatha Christie, the Miss Marple books

Islands of the Mind • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

Love versus Science • COLIN MARTIN

Carrie Tiffany, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living

Not Getting on with Aunts • ROHAN CANDAPPA

On the short stories of Saki

Pevsner’s Great Project • ANNABEL WALKER

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England

Going up in Smoke • SIMON HEAFIELD

Benoît Duteurtre, The Little Girl and the Cigarette

Gray’s Anomaly • DEREK ROBINSON

On the poetry of Billy Collins


Edwin Muir, An Autobiography

The Spyglass of Tranquil Recollection • GORDON BOWKER

James Joyce, Dubliners

Between Soft Covers • PATRICK COLDSTREAM

On the writing of memoirs

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 17: From the Editors

Well, Spring again, and with it the start of a fresh venture. As we mentioned in the last issue, for some time now we’ve been becoming increasingly aware of the number of excellent books that have...

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Light Reading

When my old friend the artist John Nash died I inherited his books. I imagined him reading them by lamplight, just as I read when I was a boy, the twin wicks faintly waving inside the Swan glass...

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The Truth of the Heart

I grew up in a house on the edge of a cliff, looking out over a bay. There was an upstairs drawing-room which was never used, and in the evenings when I was a little girl, I would go up there and...

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J. C. T. Jennings and the Problem of Evil

My first parting of ways came fifty years ago, when I was 8. In September 1957 I was to be sent away to prep school. I could hardly wait. A brand-new brown trunk, inscribed with my name and school...

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Going Back

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Murder Most Civilized

When I was at school I tried to start an Agatha Christie Club. Number of members (including the Chairman – myself ): three. Number of meetings: zero. This somewhat unenthusiastic response has not...

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Islands of the Mind

I was not aware when I read Treasure Island of the affinities between its famous author and my obscure self: Calvinism, a hellfire-breathing female, a father problem, a terrorized mind and a fevered...

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Love versus Science

Given this personal history, Carrie Tiffany’s quirkily titled first novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, struck an immediate chord when the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist was...

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Not Getting on with Aunts

Second-hand copies of The Penguin Complete Saki can be bought on Amazon for a very reasonable £5.60. The book contains 135 short stories, 3 novels and 3 plays. There’s also a foreword by Noël...

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Pevsner’s Great Project

The forty-six volumes in Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England series were originally intended as guides you could slip into your pocket. I don’t think I’ve ever actually carried one...

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Going up in Smoke

The dogmatic persecution of those whose unhealthy lifestyle falls below the high standards of the lawmakers is vividly and terrifyingly dramatized in Benoît Duteurtre’s novel The Little Girl and...

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Gray’s Anomaly

For years, then, I skipped modern poetry – until I discovered Billy Collins. Cue thunder and lightning! Now I’d walk backwards across town in a blizzard to buy the latest book of Billy...

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One Foot in Eden

Writing her diary one evening in January 1951, Edwin Muir’s wife Willa reflected that her husband’s poems would live on, but ‘of himself, only a legend’. Why? Contemporary poets united in...

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The Spyglass of Tranquil Recollection

There are books which sit on our bookshelves for years, getting slightly more foxed as time passes. My Dubliners has followed me to five different addresses and, although a rather flimsy paperback...

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Between Soft Covers

About a year ago now a smiling vanman delivered twenty-six heavy brown-papered packages from a trolley and stacked them along the side of the hall. I scrabbled one parcel open and there they were:...

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